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'People of the Pack' tells stories of Dubuque Packing workers

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

A new book called "People of the Pack" compiles the history and stories of those who worked at the Dubuque Packing Company.

The meat-packing company was one of Dubuque's two largest employers in the 1960s, with the other being John Deere. But "the Pack," as people called it, started struggling in the late '70s, as did the entire meatpacking industry.

By 2000, after several ownership changes, the Pack closed.

In its time, however, the Dubuque Packing Co. employed hundreds of people, many of whom share their stories in this new 223-page hardcover book, which is a joint project between KWWL's coverage partners at TH Media and Dupaco Community Credit Union.

The two entities are throwing a "People of the Pack" book release celebration from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 27, at Dupaco Community Credit Union's 1465 Sycamore Street location in Dubuque.

Pre-ordered books may be picked up under the tent at the release party and additional books may also be purchased then and there.

Other pre-ordered books will be available at TH Media starting Thursday, Aug. 28.

Video interview with former Pack workers can be viewed online at http://www.youtube.com/peopleofthepack. The book is also on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/peopleofthepack.

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