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Preston stretches city limits with local business groundbreaking

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PRESTON, Minn. (KTTC) -- Preston Dairy and Farm provides many local farmers with their farming essentials, but their location downtown has left them landlocked.

"We outgrew our current facilities, and with the added customer base that we have come up with, we needed to decide one of two things.  Whether to stay where we are and not grow, or build and grow up here," said Paul Hamann of Preston Dairy and Farm.

They chose build, and broke ground on a new facility that will stretch the city limits.

"It's going to allow us to expand the footprint of the city and extend some city services, and it's probably going to expand by a couple jobs," said EDA Chairman Charles Aug.  "It's a big impact on a community our size."

The beginnings of this project are made possible by a $137,000 DEED grant to the city to extend those city services, and a $100,000 loan from the city and Preston Public Works.

"With the excitement and everything happening here with the expansion of our industrial area, and the creation of jobs and the economic development in Preston, it's just a great opportunity," said Preston Mayor Kurt Reicks.

The creation of the new facility effects not only the growth of Preston Dairy and Farm, but the economic growth of the entire city.

"If you look at the local farming community that we have around here that's the basis of the community.  Keeping this co-op here is probably one of the biggest assets for maintaining a solid local economy," said Hamann.

An economy that will gain at least 16 new jobs when construction is complete at the start of 2015.

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