Morning News â€” Bob Hudson
Dignitaries turn the first shovelsful of dirt for the Golden Valley Natural meat-processing plant northwest of Shelley on Monday. Among those breaking ground are (from left) Joni Robertson and Golden Valley CEO Bryce Esplin, Bingham County commissioner Whitney Manwaring, Shelley Mayor Stacy Pascoe, Bingham Economic Development Corporation director Scott Reese and Bingham County commissioner Mark Bair.
On Monday dignitaries turned the first shovelsful of dirt for a meat-processing plant which will eventually employ 200 people near Shelley.
"We're going to start turning dirt in the next two or three days," said Bryce Esplin, CEO of Golden Valley Natural. "We anticipate completion in April of next year."
Golden Valley Natural is a producer of organic meat snacks based in Idaho Falls. It currently employs 270 people. The 200,000 square foot facility in Shelley will employ an additional 200 people.
"We've been handcrafting meat snacks since 1968," Esplin noted. He said that when the Shelley plant is up and running, it will include every type of job related to manufacturing, from minimum wage to administrative positions.
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