Ranchland bids to move

US - Ranchland Packing wants to open a new hog processing plant in the Tax Increment Financing Industrial District, west of Butte.
calendar icon 1 November 2007
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Owner Gary Wold presented his plan to the TIFID board Wednesday to occupy 20 acres in the district, near the Port of Montana “My proposal is to build a plant that will be capable of killing 1,000 hogs in an eight-hour shift,” Wold said. He submitted a partial application to the board and is waiting to complete his financing package before moving forward.

Wold said he first considered expanding his current plant, but water and space limitations pushed him to the TIFID. He wants to build an $8 million to $9 million structure.

The focus of the new plant will be killing hogs, but Wold would still process bison, beef and sheep.

“This plant is going to be built somewhere else if not here,” he said. “The opportunity is because of Butte’s location.” Wold said Montana ships out 450,000 fully finished hogs ranchers could process in-state if facilities existed. His plant could take advantage of Hutterite colonies that ship their product to California for processing.

Chief Executive Paul Babb said Butte-Silver Bow had talked with Wold about using Natural Resource Damage Program grant money to take over his plant on Centennial Avenue and incorporating it into the Greenway Project along Silver Bow Creek.

Source: MontanaStandard.com
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