Premium Pork, a hog-producers cooperative, recently announced it will build a $130 million pork processing plant in St. Joseph.

Construction is expected to begin in the fall and be completed in about two years, assuming the company, city and other interested parties work out final details in the next 90 days. The plant is expected to handle about 8,000 hogs per day when operational.

The plant is scheduled to be built in the former St. Joseph Stockyards, and also will headquarter Premium Pork’s headquarters.

The unit is expected to employ 200 management and clerical workers, as well as 800 on the production line.

Details yet to be finalized include, the sale of 60 acres of land to Premium Pork and the city’s ability to deliver on an estimated $10 million to $15 million in incentives.

Albert Lea, Minn., also had been in the running for the plant.

Kansas City Star