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Pork Processor Gets Other Iowan Offers

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In the aftermath of Mason City denying a new pork processing plant, the owner says he is still looking to locate the plant somewhere in the Midwest.

Dr. Ron Prestage says they're looking specifically at Iowa but could go across the border to South Dakota or Minnesota.

He says, "The logical place because of geography and hauling cost force is in that kind of central northern Iowa area because of the location of all the market hogs that we currently have in Iowa"

Prestage says there's a lot of communities in the state that are interested in the pork processing facility that could be worth up to $240 million. Mason City was supposed to get $3.1 million in taxes in ten years.

Prestage says, "We have literally been contacted by 15+ other locations in Iowa that have asked us to consider them. Including every adjacent county to Cerro Gordo county. I want to go somewhere where we're welcomed."

Prestage says Mason City's mayor worked to get the plant approved, as well as others in the community, but the Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement organized objections to the plant.

He says the project will be delayed by a year so they want to break ground in the summer of 2017.