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Northern Beef Packers plant construction nearly complete

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Since 2006, the Northern Beef Packers plant in Aberdeen has made several attempts to open and now its looking like that milestone could be reached in the near future.

Financial problems have held up the Northern Beef Packers plant from opening.

According to officials from the plant they now have the finances in line to soon finish the plant and be open in the near future.

Construction at NBP is nearly complete.

The finishing touches are being put on tools necessary for operations to begin.

For local producers like Marlin Nilsson, the thought of lower overhead costs and a beef plant right down the road is very exciting.

"It will be nice to have another outlet that's relatively close. It seems to me that it is probably the final link to having a successful livestock industry in this part of the northern feeding belt," Nilsson said.

Promoting the industry is exactly what those at Dakotaland feeds are hoping the plant will help to provide.

"We feel that with the advent of northern beef packers; Dakotaland feeds can have a part in helping enhance the quality and quantity of cattle that are produced in this area," Dakotaland General Manager, Jarvis Haugeberg said.

According to Rod Bowling; a consultant who conducted an economic study on the plant it will generate more than $10 billion to the region, indirectly creating nearly 8300 jobs.

The plant currently employs more than 200.

"It's exciting to work for a startup operation, it's exciting because there are so many career opportunities and we're brining in both local and people with industry experience," Northern Beef Packers Associate Human Resource Director, Amy Rissmann said.

"This is a job opportunity for me; this is what I've done all my life. I'm very happy with this company. They've treated me well and we've accomplished so much and we seem to be ready to get started pretty soon," Northern Beef Packers Slaughter General Foreman, Roberto Grajada said.

Laure Swanson with Northern Beef says the plant has no official date as to when they might open, but she says it could be within the next few weeks.

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