Postville, IA - Beef Production Returns to Kosher Iowa Slaughterhouse
Postville, IA - The new owner of the former AgriProcessors Inc. meatpacking plant in Postville says it is now producing beef for the first time since a May 2008 immigration raid.
Hershey Friedman, CEO of Agri Star Meat and Poultry, says the plant began slaughtering beef a couple of weeks ago. Friedman bought the plant eight months ago.
Friedman said Agri Star Meat and Poultry is currently slaughtering about 90 head of cattle each day, which is more than 87 percent fewer cattle than what Agriprocessors produced at the peak of its business. The new plant employs 560 people.
Agri Star Meat and Poultry was recently given $600,000 in state assistance, plus tax credits, to help update machinery inside the plant.
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