Miss. giving $520,000 grant to build railroad spur

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Posted: Dec 02, 2009 11:02 AM

The state of Mississippi is providing $520,000 to the city of Horn Lake for construction of a railroad spur line that will service the expansion of Newly Weds Foods.

The grant was provided through the Mississippi Freight Rail Revolving Loan/Grant Program. The program is administered by the Mississippi Development Authority.

The federal Economic Development Administration approved $1.1 million in September for the project.

Officials say the project will create 20 jobs and help save 300 other jobs throughout DeSoto County.

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Newly Weds Foods bought the Horn Lake plant from the old Flavorite Laboratories in 2000.

The Chicago-based company produces a number of products, including food coatings, seasonings, breading and ingredients for food processing and the food service industry.