JUNCTION CITY, Ore. — A new local business is expanding, thanks to an $85,000 grant from Lane County.
The funds helped Cosmos Creations buy a new machine and help build a new plant.
Cosmos Creations is a company that produces puffed corn meal snacks.
At the new plant site, it might just look like piles of dirt and some holes in the ground, but come this time next year there bill be a new 107,000 square foot plant up and operating. Right now at their current plant, the owners of Cosmos Creations say they’re working at full capacity.
The county helped buy an extruder a machine designed to melt cornmeal into a gelatin-like product, which will help double the company’s production.
The owner says the funds to expand are a huge help because they’re busting at the seams.
“Just tickled that we got it. It actually helps our production greatly because we’ve been growing very, very fast, and it takes a lot of money to grow,” said owner John Strasheim.
The new extruder will be in production soon. The site will be up and fully operational by this time next year.
The company will be able to produce about five times more volume at the new plant than their current one.