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Hormel proposes $25M upgrade to reduce odor issues

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Hormel Foods Corp., the maker of Spam canned ham, wants to build a new $25 million waste treatment plant to reduce odor emissions near its food manufacturing plant in Austin, Minn., the Daily Herald reports. The new process would convert hazardous or volatile fumes to water and carbon dioxide.

“It’s a process we currently use [in California], and we know it works extremely well,” Tim Fritz, Hormel’s Austin plant manager, told the newspaper. “So we’re pretty excited about that.”

The Business Journal says Hormel released the following statement:

Hormel Foods will begin a Refined Products upgrade project, which will improve efficiency and equipment and will include state-of-the-art odor control technology at the Austin (Minn.) Plant.

The primary odor control upgrade will be implemented by the installation of advanced odor control technology that is expected to be operating by early summer. The primary odor control system destroys odor compounds before they are emitted.

The Post Bulletin reports the Austin Planning Commission approved the proposed changes Tuesday, which will replace the current treatment plant used to process inedible waste.

Depending on the weather, Hormel hopes to start construction this spring. The project could be finished by February 2014.

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