According to a report in the Quad City Times, the city of East Moline, Ill., approved a development package for a new Triumph Foods pork plant.

The unanamous vote will set in motion the $135-million processing plant. The city's deal offers about $20 million in incentives to Triumph Foods. The facility is projected to create about 1,000 jobs.

However, city residents were split, reports the newspaper, with most attending the meeting opposing the plant. For example, an Iowa resident presented a petition with 200 signatures opposing the project. However, one council member responded that the state-of-the-art nature of the facility helped alleviate his concerns.

Rick Hoffman, Triumph's chief executive officer, said that 90 percent of workers at its new St. Joseph, Mo., plant are from the St. Joseph area. Starting wages are about $8.25 per hour, but incentives raise wages to a higher level.

East Moline Mayor John Thodos said city officials and others will tour the St. Joseph plant in the near future. 

Quad City Times