Tama Plant Set To Re-Open

TAMA, Iowa (AP) – A long-idle beef processing plant is getting ready to reopen in Tama later this month.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports Iowa Premium Beef officials recently took reporters on a tour of the plant that had been closed since 2004.

The plant has undergone a $48.6 million renovation to prepare to process about 1,100 cattle a day. If the business is successful serving food service, retail and international customers, production could double eventually.

The plant could eventually employ more than 600 workers. To qualify for $4 million in state tax credits, 120 of the workers will have to earn at least $15.42 an hour.

CEO Jeffrey Johnson says the company has already received more than 1,000 applications to work at the plant.