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Cargill announces expansion at Eddyville, Iowa Bioprocessing complex

Cargill is expanding one of their key corn-milling sites, a plant that grinds over 275,000 bushels daily, in Eddyville, Iowa. The $128.3 million project includes upgrades to bioprocessing equipment, expanded capacity of its wastewater facility, expansion of the research and development area and new office space. Seventeen new jobs will be created to support the operation’s latest growth, bringing total employment to over 500 people at the facility.

The Cargill Eddyville plant is a $1 billion-dollar investment that creates food ingredients for products “working to feed the world.” Its 2,000-acre campus is one of its largest food ingredients operations across the country, and allows the company to supply a variety of products to co-location partners, Ajinomoto Health & Nutrition North America, Ajinomoto Heartland and Wacker Biosolutions.

Minnesota-based company expands to Mason City, Iowa

Minnesotas Bushel BoyBushel Boy Farms has broken ground on a nearly 17-acre greenhouse with a 50,000 square foot packing house along I-35 in Mason City, Iowa. The company has acquired 50 acres for the initial $35 million project that is expected to be operational by fall of 2020. The 50 new employees will grow beefsteak, vine-on and grape tomatoes that will be shipped to customers across the Upper Midwest, including the Hy-Vee perishable distribution center in Iowa.

Bushel Boy tomatoes are grown from seeds with each plant producing fresh tomatoes for about 27 weeks in a row. The fruit is grown in special greenhouses, pollinated by bees, then ripened and shipped on the vine to stores within about 24 hours of being picked. Bushel Boy’s tomatoes possess a similar fresh garden flavor and red, ripe color to homegrown tomatoes but are available on local shelves year-round.