Plans to build a producer-owned pork processing facility in Carlinville, Ill. have been scrapped, say officials of American Premium Foods, according to The State Journal-Register.

Citing concerns about nearby mining excavations, the producer group decided not to pursue construction of the $25 million facility. The plant had been expected to slaughter 2,000 head per day and employ 130 people.

An alternative site for the project is being sought in central Illinois.

The 198 members of American Premium Foods will market pork under the Meadowbrook Farms brand. Also, another cooperative may merge with American Premium Foods, adding an additional 50 to 60 members and increasing the size of the proposed plant to a 2,800 daily slaughter capacity plant.

The State Journal-Register