Prestage Aiming for March Open

KHBT (Radio Iowa) — The massive 240-million dollar Prestage Farms pork processing plant is aiming for a March open.

The plant, in nearby Eagle Grove, has been in the planning and construction stage for nearly three years.

The tentative open date, per CEO Ron Prestage is March 4th.

Staffing is currently on-going, and is expected to swell to 920+ first shift employees by this spring.

“March 2nd is when we’re planning on having a kind of open house and inviting local people, local politicians,” Prestage says, “the governor had expressed an interest in coming by, letting everybody get a tour all the way through the facility.”

The plant is expected to slaughter upwards of 10,000 hogs per day with just about half coming from Prestage’s own barns.

The other half is expected to come from independent producers.