Hormel building plant dedicated to microwave meals
January 30, 2008
by FoodBusinessNews.net Staff
AUSTIN, MINN. ― Construction on a new $89 million Hormel Foods produc
tion facility in Dubuque, Iowa is expected to begin this year, the company announced. The facility will be operated by a wholly owned subsidiary of Hormel Foods Corporation.
"Consumer demand for shelf-stable, microwave meals is exploding," said Jeffrey M. Ettinger, chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer. "This investment will allow us to increase our production capacity and continue our leadership position through innovation and new products."
"Dubuque is an excellent location. It offers a talented work force and a vibrant cultural environment," said Russell C. Potter, vice-president of grocery products operations for the company. "The proximity of Dubuque to our main grocery products distribution center was an important logistical consideration."
Groundbreaking for the 327,000 square-foot facility is scheduled for early summer 2008, and the plant is expected to be operational by November 2009. The deal is subject to the finalization of state and local incentives. Initially, a total of 180 new jobs will be created with more expected in future phases.