Tyson Foods has created 16 new jobs and added a new line at its Emporia, Kan., plant.

The expansion cost an estimated $3 million, according to an article by the Associated Press. The new line was necessary to make a product for a national food-service customer, the company said. A room was built to house the new line and modifications were made to the plant's existing refrigeration and installation equipment, Brian Dulle reported for Kansas First News.

The Emporia plant is one of the company's specialty meat plants.

“We welcome this investment by Tyson Foods,” said Kansas Governor Sam Brownback. “In addition to creating jobs, this expansion solidifies the important role Kansas plays in providing food to the nation. I congratulate Tyson on this business expansion.”

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