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Hormel to expand production in Dubuque, Iowa, creating 38 new jobs

By February 9, 2022 No Comments

Progressive Processing, LLC, a subsidiary of Hormel Foods Corp., is expanding its Dubuque Iowa plant. The $43 million investment will increase capacity for Spam production and create 38 jobs. 

Hormel intends to begin construction at its facility in early 2022 and begin expanded production by February 2023. 

The 38 jobs qualified for the Iowa Economic Development Authority High Quality Jobs incentive program. Through that program, the company receives state investment tax credits totaling $1.1 million and a $180,000 sales tax refund. Hormel also plans to borrow $200,000 for the project from East Central Intergovernmental Association through its local revolving loan fund. 

The manufacturing plant opened in 2010 and produces microwave meals, canned chunk chicken, Spam and bacon bits. It currently employs about 440 people. The latest project will mark the third time Hormel has grown its food production in Dubuque. In 2015, the company introduced Spam and bacon bits production to the facility. In 2019, the company spent $13 million and added 58 new positions to expand its Spam production. 

“We are proud to call Dubuque home and are excited to continue our growth in the community and provide quality job opportunities for this area,” said Joe Muzik, plant manager at Progressive Processing. 

The expansion of Spam production comes as sales of the meat product continue to increase. Last year, Hormel announced that it had garnered record sales of Spam for the seventh year in a row.