Perham Is Awarded a $1.4 Million Infrastructure DEED Grant

Perham Is Awarded a $1.4 Million Infrastructure DEED Grant Click to Enlarge

ST. PAUL, MN--The City of Perham is among several rural Minnesota communities awarded a total of more than $5 million in grants for infrastructure projects. The money was approved by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) for projects in Perham, Hutchinson, Kenyon, Paynesville and Sleepy Eye.

DEED spokesman Shane Delaney says it helps cities, counties, municipalities in Greater Minnesota fund various projects that will help spur future economic development

Delaney says the grants are expected to help create or retain 365 full-time jobs.

Perham was awarded $1,396,750 to assist with the construction of streets, water, and sewer to expand the Perham Industrial Park. The proposed development will allow the expansion of a Tuffy’s Pet Foods warehouse that will add 10 jobs in the first year. It will also allow room for Tuffy’s to build a new $60 million, 175,000 square foot canned pet food plant that will could create 75-100 jobs in the next five years. The project will also provide access to additional lots for additional businesses. The project is expected to create 110 jobs in five years.

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