A farmers cooperative has bought a closed-down plant in Wellsville and plans to hire 30 people to process milk, cheese and other dairy products, officials said.

Magic Valley Milk Producers, owned by a farmers cooperative in Burley, Idaho, plans to process 300,000 pounds of milk daily through the plant, which once was the home of Schreiber Foods.Products from the plant will be sold throughout the western United States.

Gov. Norm Bangerter, who traveled to Wellsville on Monday to announce the new business, said it would launch Magic Valley's entry into the world of dairy product manufacturing and marketing.

Magic Valley Milk Producers began in 1987 to market milk and dairy products to Salt Lake City grocery stores. The organization now sells milk in Utah, Idaho and Colorado, state officials said.

Company officials said they expect to grow to 100 employees within the first year.