A Honduran cheese maker has been granted a no-interest loan that will help the company establish its first U.S. production facility.
The Columbus Telegram reports that the Columbus City Council unanimously approved the $91,000 loan request on Monday. The loan is expected to cover about half the cost of equipping Central American Foods LLC's new facility.
Owners Carlos and Marlon Reyes, of Richland, are renovating a portion of the building for their cheese-making operation. The 12,400-square-foot site will share space with an existing Frontier Communications service center.
Marlon Reyes says the Honduras-based company has been exporting cheese to the U.S. for five years. The Columbus location is expected to be operational by late August or early September.