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Aberdeen Beef Plant To Open In November

September 9, 2011, 6:20 PM by Erich Schaffhauser

Aberdeen Beef Plant To Open In November
ABERDEEN, SD - An Aberdeen beef plant that was initially scheduled to open years ago is now just months away from the opening.

There's right around $100 million worth of new facility sitting just south of Aberdeen waiting to process beef. Leaders of Northern Beef Packers say that should start happening in November.

"Well, right now we have some of the workers working on a six-day week basis and some of them are at ten hours a day to try to meet our goal a little bit faster," Steve Kaiser said.

And from the area of the plant that will house the cattle to the area that will house the finished product, plant leaders say their optimistic about the construction progress to this point.

"Well, most of it is simply connecting things together right now. We're getting most of the equipment in right now," Kaiser said.

Once the construction work is done, the packing plant expects to go through a couple hundred head of cattle a day by the end of this year and expand to 1,500 head when it's fully operational.

"There was a lot of concern about financing. Our financing is falling into place and being watched very closely," Kaiser said. "So I think we're right on track now."

Northern Beef Packers has about 80 full-time employees at this time, and it’ll need a couple hundred more in the next two months. That number will eventually grow to 560.

"If you get down to the minutiae of all the different jobs, there's probably 100 different positions amongst those 560 and it's just a real broad range of them right now," Kaiser said.

So plant leaders are working to fill those as quickly as the building gets done.

Once it opens, one agricultural economist predicts it could have a $2.5 billion impact on the area each year.

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