Sparboe Foods has chosen Eagle Grove for the site of a proposed 45-million-dollar egg laying facility which originally was slated for the Clear Lake-area. The project will be unveiled on Thursday and include new buildings 21-hundred feet from the company’s plant, which is five miles southwest of Eagle Grove in Wright County. The county has one of the state’s largest collections of hog confinements and chicken facilities. Sparboe had wanted to build a 2.5 million-hen confinement south of the Clear Lake resort area but the company scrapped the plan when local governments and citizens objected. Garth Sparboe said his company’s 1.2 million-hen Eagle Grove operation has drawn few complaints. That confinement has a permit for 1.6 million chickens, with Sparboe officials saying they intend to expand the capacity to 3.3 million chickens. The firm hasn’t applied for the required state permit, but representatives told state officials they would soon. The expanded facility would provide eggs to Cargill Sunny Fresh of Mason City.
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