ABILENE, TX – The Great Lakes Cheese Company officially broke ground in Abilene on Wednesday morning.
Last month the Abilene City Council voted unanimously to approve the project.
The $184.5 million project will be located at Access Business Park.
"Great Lakes Cheese is one of the largest packaged cheese companies in America and it's a family own business," said Governor Abbott. "It is exactly the Texas style of doing business."
According to officials, the manufacturer will create over 500 new jobs. The average salary will be $60,000 per year and will generate an estimated $1.3 billion in the next decade for the local economy.
"This project was made possible due to the support of Governor Greg Abbott who, in addition to Representative Lambert and Senator Buckingham, will be sharing why this is a huge win for the state of Texas," said the Development Corporation of Abilene in a statement. "This incredible opportunity is positioned to provide enormous benefits to the citizens of Abilene through jobs and capital investment and will be the largest project recruited by the DCOA in its 30-year history."