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Platteville receives $160,000 state TEA grant
Funding to expand Evergreen Drive for Emmi Roth
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Ben Brancel, secretary of the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection and state Department of Transportation Secretary Mark Gottlieb holding the ceremonial $160,000 state TEA grant check Oct. 8.

The city of Platteville is being awarded a $160,000 state Transportation Economic Assistance grant for the Emmi Roth USA project.

The $160,000 award represents the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s contribution toward the construction of Evergreen Road in the city’s industrial park to meet the transportation needs of Emmi Roth USA.

Emmi Roth, a specialty cheese maker, is completing a new $44 million manufacturing facility in Platteville. The company’s investment directly creates 32 new jobs in Platteville. Indirectly, the TEA grant supports another 43 jobs in southwestern Wisconsin.

The project includes the reconstruction of Evergreen Road to accommodate heavy truck traffic to and from Emmi Roth’s new location.

WisDOT’s $160,000 TEA grant represents one-third of the $478,302 construction project. The remainder of the funding is being provided by the city of Platteville. The street improvements are nearing completion with a target date of Friday to be open to traffic.

Emmi Roth was founded in Monroe in 1991. The company is a world leader in the manufacturing of specialty and artisan cheeses and other premium dairy products. Its new Platteville plant is expected to produce up to 8 million pounds of cheese each year.

Since its start in 1987, Wisconsin’s TEA grant program has invested more than $93 million in 333 projects, creating or retaining 80,595 jobs around the state, according to a WisDOT news release.