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SHULLSBURG - Governor Scott Walker recently announced that a Transportation Economic Assistance (TEA) grant was awarded to the city of Shullsburg.

The $40,000 award represents the Wisconsin Department of Transportation's contribution toward helping White Hill Cheese Company's new operation in Shullsburg, creating nearly 54 new direct and indirect jobs in the community, according to a statement.

"The state is proud to partner with the city of Shullsburg and White Hill Cheese to improve transportation facilities and further strengthen the economy of southwest Wisconsin," Walker said in release.

The $40,000 grant covers 44 percent of the overall $90,000 cost to complete improvements along South Galena Street (County O) to enhance truck access.

The work involves construction of acceleration and taper lanes along South Galena Street and widening access to the facility to allow a proper turning radius for semi-truck traffic.

The city of Shullsburg is providing $45,000 towards the project, with White Hill Cheese providing $5,000.

The project is expected to directly create 28 jobs and indirectly support another 26 jobs, officials said.

White Hill Cheese is moving forward with a $7.6 million project that will modernize a 24,000 square-foot cheese manufacturing plant and 50,000 square-foot warehouse with cheese processing machinery and equipment.

The Shullsburg facility will process milk into a variety of Swiss cheese products including Baby Swiss, no-salt-added Swiss and other varieties.