Hormel Building $137M Turkey Processing Plant in Melrose
Hormel said it has kicked off construction of a $137 million turkey processing plant in Melrose.
The new factory is expected to take until early 2019 to complete and will replace the Austin-based meat producer’s existing plant in the city.
Hormel, owner of the Jennie-O Turkey brand, expects the new facility to have a higher rate of production and efficiency than its current operations. Millions of dollars alone will be spent on upgraded machinery, Hormel said.
“The new equipment will enhance our animal handling practices and the increased automation will improve people safety,” said Jennie-O president Glenn Leitch in a statement.
Part of the existing processing plant in Melrose will be torn down, Hormel said, while the remainder is used for “further value-added products” within its Jennie-O Turkey division.
“Jennie-O Turkey Store has had a long-standing relationship with the city of Melrose,” Leitch added. “We appreciate the support that the city of Melrose has shown us in getting this project off the ground.”