Tokoroa is a step closer to becoming home to a new state-of-the-art dairy processing plant GEA New Zealand Ltd being appointed as lead contractor to construct the facility. Olam Operations Director Paul Rennie says the new Sth Waikato plant will include innovative technology designed to reduce pollution, minimise water and energy use and ensure waste is handled in the most sustainable way possible. The new facility open up new options for farmers in South Waikato and create career opportunities for local people. 300 construction workers will work on the build starting with a spray dryer processing one million litres of milk per day, or more than 45,000 tonnes of milk powder annually. The plant will include a plant nursery growing native plants for farmers’ riparian planting projects, which will be irrigated by site water. The Tokoroa plant is expected to generate 50 to 60 full time jobs, with more anticipated in the future.