ALPENA, SD -
A beef jerky maker is growing its operation in South Dakota.
Link Snacks makes Jack Link's Beef Jerky in Alpena. It's putting $7.1 million into the expansion of Alpena's wastewater treatment facility.
Link Snacks, which employs 800 peoples, says once completed, it will be able to create 75 new full-time jobs by 2017.
The project has created 57 construction jobs.
The state is giving the town $515,000 Community Development Block Grant for improvements to the wastewater facility. Alpena is also getting a federal low-interest loan for $1.5 million. The total project runs more than $9 million.
Link Snacks is also donating $70,000 to Alpena volunteer fire department to go toward emergency medical support equipment and training.
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