(WHTM)– Governor Shapiro and Ag. Dept. Secretary Russell Redding traveled to Philadelphia to announce a new investment in agriculture on Tuesday.

Maryland and Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative Association purchased a milk manufacturing plant in Philadelphia.

The expansion project will not only keep existing jobs but also lead to double the amount of milk production.

“It’s is an exciting day for Pennsylvania Ag., not just for the 720 Pennsylvania dairy farmers who are members of your co-op, but for all 5,000 Pennsylvania’s dairy farmers we have been waiting for an announcement like this,” Shapiro said.

As part of the effort, Shapiro worked with the commonwealth to give $10 million in grants and loans to MDVA. Eighty percent of the association’s dairy farmers are in Pennsylvania.