Darigold To Expand Plant In Sunnyside, WA Add 25 Jobs

SUNNYSIDE — Darigold plans to spend about $22 million to expand its plant in Sunnyside, spurred in part by the Port of Sunnyside’s plan to build a $6 million pre-treatment wastewater facility.

The port received an $850,000 loan and a $150,000 grant from the state Community Economic Revitalization Board for the project, the state Department of Commerce announced Friday. A combination of local, county and federal money will fund the remaining cost.

Darigold isn’t revealing much about the expansion. Senior Vice President Steven Rowe declined to comment when contacted by phone Friday.

The private dairy production company, with about $2.5 billion in revenue last year, received a half-million dollar tax break from the Legislature, saying it is considering building an infant-formula plant. However, it can’t go forward if formula exported from the state is subject to the state business-and-occupation tax.

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