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Turkey processor moving ahead with Indiana plant

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Work could start this month on a new turkey processing plant in southwestern Indiana a company expects to open with about 350 workers.

Knox County Development Corp. director Gary Gentry said the agency is scheduled to close next week on a deal for Farbest Foods to build the $70 million plant in a Vincennes industrial park.

Gentry said Huntingburg-based Farbest is moving ahead with the project after the company said in April that it needed to cut nearly $20 million in construction costs. He said Farbest reduced the plant's size by about 10 percent and is delaying some equipment purchases until it adds a second shift.

Farbest announced plans for the plant in December, saying it was expected to open in 2014 and eventually have perhaps 700 workers.

Farbest already employs about 850 in Huntingburg and Dubois. Ted Seger, president of the family-owned company, said Farbest's existing facilities are at nearly full utilization following the launch of a second shift in 2007.

Farbest supplies more than a million pounds of raw, fresh and frozen turkey products per day to food processors.The company oversees the production of more than 10 million turkeys per year through 170 contract growers in Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky. It has customers in more than 20 countries..

The Indiana Economic Development Corp. in December offered Farbest up to $2.8 million in tax credits and up to $200,000 in training grants based on the company's job-creation plans. Knox County, where Vincennes is located, has approved additional tax abatement.

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  • Thanks I-69
    These must be some of the great jobs that I-69 will bring. I bet they will be even more rewarding jobs if the USDA passes their pending proposal to reduce the number of government inspectors in poultry slaughterhouses. That's very nice of the state to provide tax breaks so that this business can make more money. I'm sure that will be generously shared with the slaughterhouse workers, and soon southwestern Indiana will be the envy of the rest of the state.

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  1. How much you wanna bet, that 70% of the jobs created there (after construction) are minimum wage? And Harvey is correct, the vast majority of residents in this project will drive to their jobs, and to think otherwise, is like Harvey says, a pipe dream. Someone working at a restaurant or retail store will not be able to afford living there. What ever happened to people who wanted to build buildings, paying for it themselves? Not a fan of these tax deals.

  2. Uh, no GeorgeP. The project is supposed to bring on 1,000 jobs and those people along with the people that will be living in the new residential will be driving to their jobs. The walkable stuff is a pipe dream. Besides, walkable is defined as having all daily necessities within 1/2 mile. That's not the case here. Never will be.

  3. Brad is on to something there. The merger of the Formula E and IndyCar Series would give IndyCar access to International markets and Formula E access the Indianapolis 500, not to mention some other events in the USA. Maybe after 2016 but before the new Dallara is rolled out for 2018. This give IndyCar two more seasons to run the DW12 and Formula E to get charged up, pun intended. Then shock the racing world, pun intended, but making the 101st Indianapolis 500 a stellar, groundbreaking event: The first all-electric Indy 500, and use that platform to promote the future of the sport.

  4. No, HarveyF, the exact opposite. Greater density and closeness to retail and everyday necessities reduces traffic. When one has to drive miles for necessities, all those cars are on the roads for many miles. When reasonable density is built, low rise in this case, in the middle of a thriving retail area, one has to drive far less, actually reducing the number of cars on the road.

  5. The Indy Star announced today the appointment of a new Beverage Reporter! So instead of insightful reports on Indy pro sports and Indiana college teams, you now get to read stories about the 432nd new brewery open or some obscure Hoosier winery winning a county fair blue ribbon. Yep, that's the coverage we Star readers crave. Not.

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