The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) this week announced $3.6 million in awards from the Job Creation Fund for business expansions in five Minnesota communities. Puris Proteins, a plant-based food manufacturer, was awarded $1,860,000 for facilities upgrades in Dawson.

Puris owns the former dairy plant on the east edge of Dawson, which will reopen next year as a pea processing facility. According to DEED, the cost to reopen the plant will total $89,840,828. The plant is expected to create 75 jobs with an hourly wage of $24.77 over the next two years.

Awards were also made to Blattner Energy in Avon, Fox Valley Metrology in Stacy,  PeopleNet in Minnetonka, and RMS Company in Coon Rapids.

“These awards will create hundreds of new jobs and will help Minnesota remain a competitive place for businesses to grow,” said DEED Commissioner Steve Grove in a statement.

The DEED Job Creation Fund is a pay-for-performance program that provides funding to businesses after they meet certain criteria, including minimum requirements for job creation and private investments.