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Prestage breaks ground at processing plant site

Pictured from left to right: Ryan Pudenz, General Manager, Prestage Farms of Iowa, Zack McCullen, Vice President – Swine Division, Prestage Farms, Inc., Dr. Ron Prestage, President Prestage Farms of South Carolina and Prestage Farms of Mississippi, Scott Prestage, Vice President – Turkey Division, Prestage Farms, Inc., John Prestage, Senior Vice President, Prestage Farms, Inc., and Jere Null, Chief Operating Officer, Prestage Foods of Iowa. (Source: Prestagefarms.com)

Eagle Grove, Iowa — Prestage Foods of Iowa, LLC has officially broken ground to begin construction of its new fresh pork processing plant, though no ceremony was held.

“With the initial engineering complete, we are excited to be moving into the construction phase of this project,” says Jere Null, COO of Prestage Foods of Iowa.  “At the peak of construction, we expect over 600 people to be working daily at the site.  After construction, we will permanently employ approximately 1000 people.  We are proud to be investing and creating opportunities for the people of Wright County, the region and the State of Iowa.”

“We are confident that we will be able to translate and apply the same commitment to quality in processing that we have to our live animal production business,” says Ron Prestage, DVM, on behalf of the Prestage family. “This is an exciting time in our industry, and an exciting time for our family business!”Prestage Farms currently raises pigs in over 30 Iowa counties.

The new facility will support these operations and will use state-of-the art systems to clean the air, reduce water and energy needs, provide a safe work environment, and will utilize the latest innovations in processing and automation technology to help ensure that it is a world leader in food, employee, and environmental safety.  With construction beginning, the new plant is set for first operations in the fall of 2018.

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