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Northern Beef Packers Plant To Open In 2012

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The Northern Beef Packers facility in Aberdeen has been under construction for the last five years, now the plant looks to be close to opening.

In just a matter of weeks Northern Beef Packers will start processing cattle in their new state of the art facility.

On the South side of Aberdeen lies a 420,000 square foot facility that will soon be the home of Northern Beef Packers plant.

Construction inside of the facility is still underway, and NBP officials say it will house some of the best features from across the country.

"It is the most efficient and safest facility in the country right now, just because they're using the best practices of all the facilities in the country and putting them together in one facility." Laure Swanson, Northern Beef Packers Marketing and Public Relations Director said.

The plant currently employs 129 people, and Swanson says when it's fully operational, Northern Beef will employ more than 600 people.

But those people will be far outnumbered by the head of cattle that will be brought through the facility each day.

"We'll start out about 200 a day, work our way up to 500 and eventually 1500 cattle per day. And that is only because we want it to work as efficiently and safely as possible." Swanson said.

Northern Beef will also make transporting cattle to the plant more efficient for ranchers, and keep all of the money right here in the Aberdeen area.

It's estimated that 2.5 billion dollars of annual economic income for the area will result from the plant.

Swanson says they estimate the plant will be finished sometime in January, or in the following weeks, it's been a goal that investors have been waiting years for.

"Well, it's just a matter of weeks and not years anymore, ya know, they used to talk years and so it is getting closer, we can see the light at the end of the tunnel." Swanson said.

The Brown County commission and Northern Beef are still working on tax increment financing.

They're set to discuss that in Tuesday's county commission meeting.

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