Ron Prestage, DVM, head of South Carolina-based Prestage Farm, is excited about the new processing plant in Iowa, and what it will mean to Iowa pork producers.
Ron Prestage, DVM, head of South Carolina-based Prestage Farm, is excited about the new processing plant in Iowa, and what it will mean to Iowa pork producers.

Prestage Foods of Iowa, LLC, in conjunction with Epstein Global, will hold a subcontractor and vendor outreach fair on Dec. 13, 2016 at the Iowa Central Community College Bioscience and Health Building, according to a release from the company. 

“Potential subcontractors and vendors wishing to bid for construction elements, supply systems, materials, or services for the new project will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from Epstein and Prestage as well as be provided with pre-qualification and project information,” the release stated. “Prestage Foods’ investment in Iowa includes the desire to involve as many Iowa contractors, subcontractors, vendors and service providers as possible.”

“This is an opportunity for local Iowa companies to get information about certifications, insurance, and other things that will be required in order to submit proposals for this project,” Jere Null, Chief Operating Officer of Prestage Foods of Iowa, said in the release.

A Welcome Economic Boon for Iowa

PORK Network has covered the new plant extensively, including how it has reached out to groups that originally opposed the plant. An article by Angela Bowman earlier this year stated that Prestage has addressed some of the concerns attributed to the plant, including the environmental impact. Prestage referred to research, stating, “New farms use 41% less water, 78% less land, and have a 35% smaller carbon footprint than the practices of a few decades ago. We intend to help lead a cooperative effort to minimize the fly problem in Wright County.”

The state-of-the-art facility represents a capital investment of $250 million is expected to employ as many as 1,000 people. This site is situated in the center of Iowa hog production, with an estimated 6.5 million hogs marketed within 250 miles of the plant.

Interested Parties Must Pre-Plan
All interested subcontractors are invited to visit the public project website: www.prestagefoodsofiowa.com, which the company says is designed to serve as a communications hub for current and potential subcontractors, vendors, craftsmen, and project team members seeking up-to-date information related to the Prestage Foods of Iowa in Wright County project. It includes a Prequalification Checklist as well as an Alternative Subcontractor Form that can be completed and submitted online. The company stated all subcontractors will be required to provide a Prequalification Form prior to receiving an Invitation to Bid.

Iowa Central Community College (ICCC) will serve as a resource for training and certification programs that local contractors may need in order to prequalify as a vendor. Information on available certification programs will be available at the event and can also be accessed via the project website.