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A new milk bottling plant outside Fort Wayne will be among the largest in the nation, and the state is hoping it's just the beginning of much-needed growth for Indiana's dairy industry.

The state made dairy processing a priority almost exactly a year ago. The goal? Use more of the milk that’s produced, and increase its value before it's shipped away. A first step -- the 250 thousand-square-foot Walmart plant, announced last week and set to open in 2017.

Officials aren't saying yet just how much raw milk it'll turn into bottles of white and chocolate.

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Walmart says it plans to build a milk processing plant in Fort Wayne -- that would employ about 200 people to the area by the end of 2017.

Those jobs will pay more than the state’s average wage of $21.55 per hour, says Abbi Gras, spokeswoman for the Indiana Economic Development Corporation.

She says it will also help Hoosier farmers, who will sell the milk to Walmart to process at the Allen County plant. Gras says this will help save on transportation costs and also allow them more options when selling.

Former Purdue administrator sentenced to probation

May 23, 2012

A former associate dean of students at Purdue will not spend time in prison.

Tippecanoe Superior Court Five Judge Les Meade sentenced Pablo Malavenda to two years probation.

The punishment comes after he admitted last month to stealing household items from the West Lafayette Walmart in October.

The Class-D Felony could have meant a prison sentence of six-months to three-years.

The university fired Pablo Malavenda shortly after his arrest last year.

Former Purdue administrator awaits sentencing

Apr 25, 2012

A Tippecanoe County judge is considering the punishment for a former Purdue associate dean.

Judge Les Meade accepted Pablo Malavenda’s plea of guilty for one count of theft. He was arrested last October for shoplifting and accused of stealing about $160 worth of household items.

Theft is a Class D Felony with a maximum sentence of three years in prison.

Purdue fired Pablo Malavenda from his job in the dean of students office shortly after his arrest last year.

A sentencing hearing is set for May 23, 2012.