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Former Henry's Turkey Service workers will move to Waterloo


WATERLOO (KWWL) - KWWL has learned that the 21 mentally-challenged men who were working at Henry's Turkey Service in West Liberty will come to work in Waterloo at Exceptional Persons Incorporated (EPI).

EPI will make a formal announcement Tuesday afternoon.

State inspectors shut down a building that housed the men brought from Texas to work in the West Liberty turkey processing plant.

The state fire marshal's office has shut down the building that housed the 21 men, called "the bunkhouse," a 106-year-0ld building in Atalissa.

The Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals says the lodging of those men in an unsafe and poorly heated house in eastern Iowa is grounds for criminal charges.

Agency spokesman Dave Werning says the state wants to file charges of operating a health care facility without a license, but it's unclear who can be charged. That must await an examination of documents seized in a weekend raid.

Henry Turkey Services acted as the men's employer, landlord and caregiver. Payroll records obtained by the Des Moines Register show the men were left with as little as $65 per month in salary.

Online Executive Producer Nate Leding

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