A $150,000 state grant for Franklin Foods was accepted Tuesday by the Casa Grande City Council.
The funding, through the Arizona Commerce Authority’s rural economic development grant program, will go toward startup costs to purchase manufacturing equipment at the plant in the old Daily Juice operation on Gila Bend Highway.
Franklin Foods has said the 90,000-square-foot facility will produce “a full line of cultured cream cheese and cream cheese-based products, including the newly announced and industry-first Greek cream cheese.”
According to city officials, the $7.7 million Franklin project will create 59 jobs. No specific opening date has been announced, but the plant is to open this year.
In other action Tuesday night, the council:
-- Approved spending $29,800 for computer storage to handle flood control aerial and topographic data.
-- Appointed Lyle D. Riggs to the Board of Adjustment and reappointed Chuck Wright and Rueben Garcia to that board.