This fiscal year, the City of Burley was awarded a $460,000 RCIF grant to help upgrade the electrical power system that will serve Suntado’s new, shelf-stable, state-of-the-art, aseptic dairy packaging plant.

Rural Community Investment Funds (RCIF) help rural communities improve public infrastructure in support of economic expansion via job creation. Eligible activities include construction or expansion of infrastructure or new construction and renovation of an industrial building owned by an eligible grantee that will be leased to a business.

Suntado is building a new milk and alternative beverage facility, capable of processing more than one million pounds of local milk per day. This new facility represents more than a $100-million dollar investment and is expected to create between 50 and 100 new full-time jobs.

Suntado’s new facility located in Burley. | Suntado

The grant is helping to upgrade Burley’s electrical infrastructure — including new transformers, distribution lines and feeder equipment — increasing its capacity to successfully build and operate the facility, as well as support future expansion plans. To that end, the City of Burley contributed more than $380,000 in matching funds toward the project.

Completion of the project is expected by the end of 2023.

Learn more about the RCIF grant here.

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