The new owners of the former Simply Essentials chicken processing plant in Charles City will host a town hall meeting next week.
Chicken integrator, Pure Prairie Farms, says its first hour-long town hall meeting is slated for Thursday, March 10th, from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Youth Enrichment Center on the Floyd County Fairgrounds. It’s open to the public and will include a short presentation, plus time for questions and answers with community members.
In a statement, the company, which purchased the Charles City facility in December, says they plan to make improvements and reopen the plant by the end of 2022 to start producing premium quality tray-pack chicken products. Pure Prairie Farms plans to initially fill approximately 50 plant positions, and add more as it expands production capacity.
PPF Vice-President of Strategic Initiatives Anita Janssen says, “Our town hall meeting continues our efforts to provide open and transparent communication with members of the Charles City community. We’re excited for the event and to start on this exciting journey, together.”
Plans are underway to add new technology, renovate the plant’s second processing area, expand distribution capabilities, and make significant improvements to the team member welfare area. At a recent City Council meeting, City Administrator Steve Diers said PPF has also discussed a possible expansion that would take over north Main Street between the railroad tracks and the intersection with North Grand Avenue.