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Hog plant spurned by Mason City now set for Eagle Grove

Marsha and Bill Prestage may have found a home for their pork plant
Marsha and Bill Prestage may have found a home for their pork plant

EAGLE GROVE, IOWA – Wright county, an area rich in hog confinements, appears to be the new destination for Prestage Foods and its massive slaughterhouse.

Multiple news outlets are reporting today that a press conference is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon at the Wright county courthouse to make an official announcement about the $240 million pork processing development.

Mason City told Prestage Foods “no” back on May 3, and ever since, the company has been searching for a home for its mega plant. Rumors swirled in Worth and Franklin counties that one of them could land the plant; neither ended up winning the sweepstakes.

This morning the Wright County Board of Supervisors took initial steps for the development of Prestage Foods of Iowa’s new, state-of-the-art pork processing plant.

“Agriculture is important in Wright County and we welcome the more than 900 new jobs and $240 million investment to our county,” said Wright County Economic Development Director Bryce Davis. “We are excited to work with Prestage Foods of Iowa as they construct their first pork processing plant in Wright County.”

Supervisor Karl Helgevold was appointed by the Board of Supervisors to represent them during the project.

“The Prestage project will be a tremendous boost for the economy in Wright County and the surrounding areas,” explained Helgevold. “Our Economic Development Department has been working with local communities to enhance their housing resources and the timing for this project will fit well with those plans that are already moving forward.”

The Board of Supervisors will hold a Press Conference at 2:30pm today, Tuesday, July 5, at the Wright County courthouse to provide more information on the Prestage project.

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