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Proposed dairy processing facility secures $2.3 million bridge loan

Posted at 2:58 PM, Jun 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-05 20:14:06-04

GREAT FALLS – A proposed cheese manufacturing plant planned for east of Great Falls recently closed on a loan with Great Falls Development Authority.

Big Sky Cheese, which will principally process fresh milk supplied by local and regional dairy producers into a variety of cheese products, has closed on a $2.271 million bridge loan package.

The loan is the first step in the project that is part of Madison Food Park, the corporation that proposed building an agri-business commercial food park east/southeast of Great Falls in 2017.

Brett Doney, GFDA president, said they are excited about the project moving forward.

“We are trying to grow and diversify both our food and agricultural processing, which is essentially manufacturing, as well as increase agricultural production in the whole Golden Triangle region, which is our Great Falls trade area,” he said. “This will be a Montana branded product, Big Sky Cheese, so it will help promote Montana.”

Doney added Big Sky Cheese hopes to break ground next spring.

You can read more about Big Sky Cheese at Cascade County’s website.

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Reporting by Margaret DeMarco for MTN News