Hormel Foods will hold a grand opening tomorrow for its $80 million facility in Dubuque, Iowa. The factory is the first the company has built from scratch in more than a decade.
The plant has been operating since January 25, and produces Hormel Compleats microwaveable meals.
"The plant is performing well," Hormel CEO Jeff Ettinger told the Austin Daily Herald
. "It's probably somewhat ahead of schedule in terms of the typical ramp-up and some of the challenges you have in running brand new lines."
Production of the Compleats line has slowed due to the recession, and Hormel plans to add a canning line to the Dubuque facility. That will bring the number of employees there from 90 to 200.
"Hopefully it will be a nice shot in the arm for the Dubuque community and for Iowa in general," Ettinger said.