Contingent of Eagle Grove Community Members in Favor of Possible New Pork Processing Plant

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EAGLE GROVE, Iowa -- At Rails Bar in Eagle Grove, where the proposed pork processing plant is the topic of discussion, the project is being welcomed with open arms.

"It`s a good deal for the community I think," said Dana Wanker, a Wright County resident. "Why? It`ll bring in a lot of jobs and move some new people here probably. I don`t know. I don`t see anything wrong with it. Concerns? No. I don`t."

70-year-old Dean Shutt has lived in Eagle Grove for close to 40 years and he also thinks the project is a great idea and doesn`t see any problems.

"With the environmental impact, your well water and different things, they addressed emissions with the smells and those type of things for the air quality, we always want to keep those things in good shape and the way they talked about it, they will be addressing that," said Shutt.

The mayor describes Eagle Grove as a rural agricultural community of about 3,600 that could use an economic boost. She says she doesn`t have any concerns about the environmental impact of the proposed plant.

"I do environmental health for the county also, and with the permitting process, they`ve been very open about discussing any concerns that we have so I`m not seeing any red flags at this point," said Mayor Sandra McGrath.

The Wright County economic development director says the project would be an economic engine for the region.

"If we look at Eagle Grove in and of itself, there might not be some companies that can handle the capabilities that the prestige plant will require, so they`ll go to Fort Dodge and Fort Dodge will benefit, Webster City will benefit and Humboldt will benefit," Bryce Davis said. "You know, everybody will benefit from this."

But despite the excitement and support for the project, county leaders caution it`s not a done deal just yet.

"There`s going to be public hearings and there`s gonna be time for people to voice their concerns, their questions and that`s just the way the system works," said Karl Helgevold. "And that`s what we want to do. Not everybody`s going to agree with this but the thing is, we want everybody to be able to voice their concerns and have the correct information out there."

The Wright County board of supervisors will hold a public hearing on July 25.