EAGLE GROVE (Prestage Foods) - While Ernie Goss was outlining a study his company did on the economic impact Prestage Foods of Iowa will have on 10 counties in Northcentral Iowa (see related story on this page), Prestage officials were breaking ground for its plant in Wright County.
No official ceremony was announced or held.
"With the initial engineering complete, we are excited to be moving into the construction phase of this project," said Jere Null, chief operations officer 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 1,000 people. We are proud to be investing and creating opportunities for the people of Wright County, the region and the State of Iowa."
Prestage Farms currently raises pigs in more than 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 2018.
"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," said Ron Prestage, on behalf of the Prestage family. "This is an exciting time in our industry, and an exciting time for our family business."