The coalition planning to build a new beef processing plant in Iowa has narrowed its search to three communities. Iowa Cattlemen’s Association president Joel Brinkmeyer says the finalists will be revealed at a later date.Brinkmeyer says good roads and a central location are important. Many Des Moines residents, however, have criticized the idea of having the plant on the capital city’s south side. Brinkmeyer says that other and resistance can be attributed, in part, to the good economy. He says none of the communities are as “hungry” for a new business due to the low unemployment.Almost a thousand cattle producers in Iowa and 12 other states have committed to investing in the meatpacking plant and Excel is the group’s partner. The group hopes to open the new, state-of-the-art plant in two years.
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