A weekend fire has damaged the Hospers, Iowa-based Premium Iowa Pork, according to Meatingplace.com. The plant, however, expects to be back in production on Wednesday, a company employee said.
According to KTIV in Sioux City, Iowa, the fire started in a first floor ceiling and took volunteers from six communities three hours to extinguish.
Bart Bickley, Premium Iowa Pork chief operating officer, said the fire occurred away from the processing part of the plant, which would enable the plant to return to production in just a few days. No employees were inside the building when the fire broke out and no injuries were reported.
Premium Iowa Pork, which was founded in 2004, is in the process of expanding its slaughter capacity to 1,200 head per day from 700, according to the company’s Web site.