Construction work for an expansion project at Jennie-O Turkey Store’s turkey processing facility in Faribault, Minnesota, is expected to begin soon now that the company has reached an agreement with the Faribault city government over concerns about parking.
Jennie-O Turkey Store has plans to add 17,521 feet of space to the facility, which would help the company increase production and add between 20 and 25 new employees.
However, city officials in August had expressed concerns about available parking, as the expansion would leave the facility about 25 spaces shy of the number the city would require. While production at the plant had slowed because of bird losses experienced during the avian influenza outbreak earlier in 2015, city officials were worried that when the plant resumes full production, parking would be a problem.
However, according to a report from the Austin Daily Herald, the city has approved variances that address the parking issues during and after the construction period.
Since the company is not seeking any public funding, it is ready to break ground on the construction project, said Deanna Kuennen, Faribault economic development director.
Jennie-O Turkey Store is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hormel Foods and is the second largest turkey company in the United States.