Eagle Grove, Iowa – Wright County officials plan to hold a public hearing on July 25th after announcing Tuesday that Prestage Farms of North Carolina has chosen the county as the location for their new pork processing plant. The chairman of the Wright County Supervisors, Stan Watne, says the company will build the plant five miles south of Eagle Grove on Highway 17.
The announcement came two months after the city council in Mason City failed to pass an economic development package to bring the plant there over concerns about how it might impact the community.
Watne says they don’t have the same concerns.
Watne says the plant and its 900 jobs holds big potential for the county.
The average annual wages at the proposed Prestage Foods plant are expected to be between 37-thousand and 47-thousand dollars plus benefits. Construction is scheduled to begin this fall, pending the finalization of county and state approvals, with first-shift operations starting in the middle of 2018. Prestage hopes to slaughter up to 10-thousand animals per day once the plant is fully operational.