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Iowa Premium Beef to open packing plant in Tama

By Staff | Feb 3, 2012

By ANDREW

POTTER

For Farm News

TAMA – More than 300 jobs are expected to head to Tama as the Iowa Premium Beef packing plant is set to open this summer on Business Route 30.

Roy Wiggs, of Iowa Premium Beef, said the company -which is shooting for a June opening – will specialize in custom cut orders with 90 percent of sales expected domestically.

“We are going to do something special in Tama,” Wiggs said to a Toledo group recently.

The plant originally opened in 1971 as Tama Pack until IBP closed operations in 1999. It has been open a few times since under new management only to close each time.

When operations go into full swing, a total of 800 head of cattle are expected to be killed each day at the facility.

Lindi Roelofse, executive director of the Tama County Economic Development Commission, said to have the plant back up and running will be a good thing for the county.

“We want our real estate assets to be put to the best possible use,” Roelofse said. “That is one of the mega properties we have in Tama County.”

Roelofse said representatives with Iowa Premium Beef have told her every job at the plant will have wages at or above Tama County’s average wage.

She hopes the plant can tap into the demand for beef and stay open into the future to keep a consistent employer at that location.

“Like any business there are ups and downs,” Roelofse said. “We know there’s a world demand that’s growing for beef.”

Contact Andrew Potter at (641) 753-6611 or apotter@timesrepublican.com

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