Skip to main content

Dubuque goes after Hormel's $31 million plant expansion

  • Author:
  • Updated:

The city of Dubuque, Iowa is taking a run at a $31 million expansion for Homel Foods, based in Austin, Minn. The Dubuque Telegraph Herald reported that the expansion at the company's existing Progressive Processing site could bring nearly 100 new jobs to the area. It is one of four plants that produce Hormel Compleats microwave meals.

The paper said that Hormel officials confirmed that discussions are under way with city leaders and economic development officials.

The Associated Press reported that the city will offer $1.3 million in tax-increment-financing benefits over five years as a local match required by state incentive programs. If approved, the state of Iowa would provide investment tax credits, sales tax exemptions, and job training funds.

The Rochester Post Bulletin reported that it's not a done deal and that Dubuque faces both international competition and competition from other Hormel facilities in attracting the expansion.

When Hormel opened the Dubuque facility in 2010, it was the first new production facility the company had built in more than 25 years. At the time it opened, Site Selection magazine reported that the $89 million, 348,000-sq.-ft. facility had the capacity to employ as many as 300.

The majority of the new jobs would be for production laborers, with wages starting at $13.58 per hour. The expansion includes more than a dozen mechanics/electricians with wages starting at $21.41 per hour, and seven production supervisors at $23.25 per hour.

Next Up

covid test 6

You can order 4 free at-home COVID tests starting January 19

Tests will ship for free within 7-12 days, according to the White House.

Screen Shot 2022-01-17 at 9.39.38 PM

Jordan Greenway runs into Darcy Kuemper, sparks fight

Kuemper got knocked out of the game, leading to the brawl.

Kirill Kaprizov

MacKinnon's controversial goal helps Avalanche top Wild

Kirill Kaprizov's two goals were spoiled by a questionable call.

powell itasca jail jan 2022 resize

Attorney accused of sex assault misses hearing, DMs judge

He was arrested the next day after a warrant was issued,

lorie shaull vulcan snow park st paul winter carnival 2018

Winter Carnival: Get vaccinated or test negative before coming

Organizers are also reminding people to be mindful of the city's emergency regulations.

hospital, emergency room

Driver, 15 years old, hurt when car collides with SUV

The road was wet at the time, the State Patrol said.

Tyler Wahl

Minnesotans have the Badgers back in the national spotlight

Three of Wisconsin's four leading scorers are from Minnesota.