Five Area Cities Surveyed Concerning Prestage Foods Expansion

A comprehensive study will be presented in five northern Iowa cities starting next week about the pros and cons of a major new pork processing plant locating in the region. Creighton University economics professor Ernie Goss says the research analyzes the economic impact of the 246-million dollar Prestage Foods plant that will be built in Eagle Grove.

Goss says his report to the residents will focus on the myriad ways the plant will impact the taxpayers in the ten-county area.

In addition to the sizeable construction workforce, the facility will need hundreds of employees to run it once the production line is operational.

Construction is set to begin this spring and may take 18 to 21 months. Goss will present his report next Wednesday at the Stanhope Community Center at 6 PM, on March 23rd at the Wild Rose Casino meeting room in Emmetsburg at 1 PM and at Robert Blue Middle School in Eagle Grove at 4:30 PM, with more presentations in Fort Dodge and Humboldt on March 30th

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