MASON CITY, IOWA — Cargill has broken ground on a $12 million expansion at the company’s cooked-egg processing plant in Mason City. The company said demand for such items as baked and cooked egg entrees and patties drove the decision to add capacity at the plant.
The plant produces refrigerated liquid pasteurized eggs, pre-cooked frozen entrees and pre-cooked frozen scrambled eggs. It is one of four egg processing plants owned by the company and underwent a $26 million expansion that was completed in 2016.
“Producing innovative, protein-rich, egg-based foods at our Mason City facility continues to create excitement in the marketplace and generate growth momentum for our customers and Cargill,” said Jessica Reith, facility general manager. “Helping our customers deliver high-quality, nutritious, delicious and affordable egg protein to consumers has led to multiple expansions since the facility opened in 2001 with three dozen employees and the desire to successfully grow the business.”The plant currently employs approximately 250, and the expansion is expected to add 44 positions.