COMMISSION TO ACCEPT LOAN FOR RINCON RAIL SPUR SERVING CO-OP GRAIN MILL

COMMISSION TO ACCEPT LOAN FOR RINCON RAIL SPUR SERVING CO-OP GRAIN MILL

Fresh tortillas from Rincon will be a reality soon, thanks to the hard work and vision of many people in the area who have worked to bring a cooperative grain mill to the community. At the Sept. 27 meeting of the Doña Ana County Board of Commissioners, a $300,000 loan from the State of New Mexico will be accepted for the purpose of building a rail spur to serve the mill.

With fresh grain railroaded in from Kansas, the mill will churn out the raw materials needed for a variety of food products. In addition, more than 20 new jobs will be created in the area.

County Commission Chairman Gilbert T. Apodaca said the mill signifies that the agricultural way of life remains strong in the Mesilla Valley, and it represents an opportunity for interstate commerce between farmers and marketers from both the Heartland of America and the Land of Enchantment.

Apodaca said the federal and state governments provided incentive funds for the project, with administrative and other support from the Board of County Commissioners, the community leaders of Rincon, the Mesilla Valley Economic Development Alliance and the 21st Century Grain Processing Cooperative of Manhattan, Kansas.

“Working together,” Apodaca said, “we have made the dream of new jobs and a regional tortilla-manufacturing plant a reality for this historic town and this idle mill. Soon, the mill machinery will be humming, the clackety-clack of rail cars will resound through the valley and the sweet smell of economic success will waft over the valley.”