The name of the company building a pork processing facility in Mason City, Iowa, has finally been revealed, after city officials earlier this month announced news of the plant without naming the company.
Pending finalization of state approvals, Prestage Foods of Iowa LLC intends to build a state-of-the-art pork processing facility on a proposed tract in the town. The one-shift plant will employ as many as 1,000 people and represents a total capital investment of more than $240 million.
“We are excited to take the next logical step in vertical integration by building a new high-tech pork plant in Mason City, Iowa,” Dr. Ron Prestage said on behalf of the Prestage family. “We see this as an opportunity to secure the future of our family business, its employees and our contract growers, whether they are in the Carolinas, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Texas or Iowa.”
Prestage said the company has been impressed with the help and support provided by local and state officials, the Iowa Pork Producers Assn., the National Pork Producers Council and the National Pork Board.
“We have always believed that our family and employees must be engaged in the communities in which we operate and the industry we represent. Having produced market hogs in Iowa for the past dozen years, we believe Mason City is the right place for us to strategically build this new plant,” Prestage added.
The project, as currently planned, will involve the design and construction of a new 650,000 sq. ft. hog processing facility that will operate on one shift, processing 10,000 hogs per day and producing 600 million lb. of pork annually. While timing for adding a second shift is yet to be determined, the facility will be designed - but not initially constructed - for future expansion to two shifts. It will also utilize the latest innovations in processing and automation technology to help ensure that it is a world leader in food, employee and environmental safety.
Pending finalization of state permits and approvals, construction is set to begin in the summer of 2016, with completion and first shift operations beginning in mid-2018.