According to the Journal Star, Peoria, Ill., a pork processing plant could surface in Pekin, Ill.  Sources have indicated that the city is in talks with Swift & Co. about the prospects of building a plant near Pekin’s Riverway Business Park. The project has the support of the Illinois Pork Producers.

Although the Pekin plant is still in the discussion stage, pork industry representatives point out that the plant would still be only the third processing facility in the state. Illinois is in the top five U.S. pork production states, and contributes an average of $1.7 billion and 7,000 jobs to the state's economy.

Other plants in the state include Beardstown and Monmouth. "Cargill operates a plant in Beardstown that processes 18,000 to 20,000 hogs a day while Farmland operates the Monmouth plant that handles 9,000 to 11,000 hogs each day," points out Tim Maiers, IPPA’s public relations director.

The Meadowbrook Farms’ plant in Rantoul, Ill., closed in 2009 after five years of operation, but could reopen next year under new ownership. "Trim-Rite has said it could reopen the plant in the spring," Maiers adds.

The Pekin plant would create up to 2,500 factory-level, union jobs, the Journal Star reports.  

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Source: The Journal Star