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Hormel's Dubuque expansion a go, creating 91 new jobs

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) - Hormel Foods has chosen Dubuque for an expansion, which will bring with it dozens of jobs.

On Tuesday, the Greater Dubuque Development Corporation and the City of Dubuque announced Hormel has chosen Dubuque for phase one of the two expansions.

Hormel hasn't yet announced its location choice for the phase two, a GDDC official said.

Hormel already has a plant in Dubuque called Progressive Processing, which is a subsidiary of the Minnesota-based Hormel Foods. The company built the more-than-$80 million facility from the ground up, opening in Dubuque in early 2010.

Hormel is looking to expand the production of two of its products, including its production of bacon toppings in the already-existing Dubuque facility.

GDDC's vice president of national marketing Mark Seckman said Hormel will be investing approximately $36 million in modifications at the existing Dubuque plant.

The expansion of both product lines would create an estimated 91 jobs.

Seckman said Hormel did not break down the jobs by phase, so while Dubuque has only secured the first of the two expansions, Seckman did not know the exact number of jobs that will create.

Hormel will receive some $4.1 million in a combined incentives package offered by the city and state.

Hormel's plant modifications in Dubuque should be completed by summer, Seckman said.

"That they decided to put it in Dubuque, Iowa, really speaks volumes for our community," Seckman said.

He added he expects Hormel to announce a decision on phase two within the next two years.

"As you know, Hormel is a global company that is highly coveted," Seckman said. "We're still competing for phase two of that product line."
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