What Do Cheese and AI Technology Have in Common?

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Cheese companies and AI technology companies are both attracted to Right to Work Kansas’ economy! In fact, there are two cheese companies and one AI company that is investing in this state. KDI Cheese Company is expanding soon in Hugoton, while Hilmar Cheese is adding a new location in Dodge City. Lastly, Torch AI is investing in Leawood. Altogether, this will create 777 new jobs. So this is great news!

Read on to find out more about each investment.

KDI Cheese Company:

Kansas Dairy Ingredients (KDI) Cheese Company is investing $45 million in order to expand in Right to Work Hugoton, Kansas, creating 40 new jobs!

“The local dairy community has invested greatly into Kansas for many years, and they have supported KDI since day one. We now have an opportunity to give that support back by providing a secure, long-term home for their milk.” […]

“Our investment of $45 million and creation of 40 new jobs in Hugoton is exciting for all of us. We started construction in December of 2020 and are on target to receive milk in October of 2021. We have already added several positions to facilitate our training, thus minimizing the commissioning time once construction is complete.” […]

“Western Kansas is booming with new agribusiness and food manufacturing investments. […] KDI is seizing an incredible opportunity, there’s never been a better time to grow in Kansas. We’re so grateful for their decision to invest even more in Hugoton and in our state, and we will continue to be the strongest possible partner to exceptional agribusinesses like KDI.”


Hilmar Cheese:

Hilmar Cheese Company is investing $460 million toward a new location in Right to Work Dodge City, Kansas, creating 247 new jobs!

“We greatly appreciate the warm welcome from the State of Kansas and the City of Dodge City officials whose values of integrity and excellence closely align with ours. […] Dodge City gives us many opportunities including a local and skilled labor force, a supportive and expanding agricultural region, and an excellent transportation network that allows us to easily reach our expanding markets. We’re really happy with our decision and excited about becoming a part of this outstanding community.”

“Our first-class workforce and central location make Kansas one of the best places in the nation to do business. […] It’s great to see another major food manufacturer like Hilmar choose to put their trust in our state and Dodge City for their newest facility.” […]


Torch AI:

Torch AI is investing $45 million toward Right to Work Leawood, Kansas. This will create 490 new, high-paying, full-time jobs!

“It’s an honor to align the growth trajectory of Torch.AI with Kansas initiatives to expand its economy and regional impact as a tech hub. […] Demand for our advanced AI and data services continues to grow as the intelligence and security communities attempt to organize and analyze unprecedented levels of data. […] his agreement represents our commitment to harness the wealth of experience and skill sets in the Kansas City region and develop new talent to expand our capabilities and customer impact.” […]

“With our strong public schools and top-tier workforce, Kansas is one of the best places in the nation to do business. […] Torch.AI will bring sophisticated, high-wage tech jobs to Kansas and will improve our ability to recruit forward-thinking tech experts to our state. I look forward to seeing the incredible developments that will undoubtedly come from this new facility.”


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