Jennie-O Turkey Store initiates new plant construction in US


Hormel Foods subsidiary Jennie-O Turkey Store has commenced the construction of its processing plant in Melrose, Minnesota, US, with an investment of more than $137m.

The new facility will feature advanced equipment, which is expected to increase production capacity and plant efficiency.

The company anticipates that the addition of new facility would further strengthen its robust animal handling practices.

Jennie-O Turkey Store president Glenn Leitch said: "This investment shows the company's commitment to provide the best processing experience for our growers and to meet our customer needs.

“We appreciate the support that the city of Melrose has shown us in getting this project off the ground."

"The new equipment will enhance our animal handling practices and the increased automation will improve people safety."

The new plant will replace the company’s existing company plant in Melrose, and will have capacity for increased production to meet consumer demand.

Leitch added: "Jennie-O Turkey Store has had a long-standing relationship with the city of Melrose. Melrose has been and will continue to be a great place for our company and our team to grow and prosper.

“We appreciate the support that the city of Melrose has shown us in getting this project off the ground."

The existing plant in the city will stay operational until the new plant is completed in 2019.

Upon completion, the existing plant will be partially demolished and the remainder portion will be used for further value-added products.