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Thursday, July 25, 2024

PIP seeks to open as a processing facility in 2025

Premium Iowa Pork bought the Windom facility out of Hy-Life’s bankruptcy in 2023, and now PIP has revealed that their new local plant is being prepared for use as a pork processing facility that will contain a smokehouse and produce packaged meats like sliced bacon, sausage and case-ready hams.

Dan Paquin is the president of PIP and has been in that position for over 11 years. He is married with three children and has worked in the pork industry his whole adult life, plus as a youth as his father was also in the meat packing business.
Paquin said the plan is to open the facility sometime in the first part of 2025 and the plant will have a much smaller number of employees than it saw during its days as a Hy-Life slaughter facility when it employed over 1,000 workers, including a few hundred bussed in each day from Mankato on H-2B visas.

Smaller workforce

The plant will likely employ less than a few hundred skilled workers and Paquin said the jobs will be excellent opportunities and PIP uses local labor and does not even have the ability and government designation to hire H-2B visa workers.

Paquin said it’s too soon to know an exact number of employees but said it will likely be less than half the number than when it was Prime Pork, which only had one shift and about 600 employees.

For more details on this story, please see the July 10 edition of the Citizen.

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