A three-stage food production facility that could eventually hire 300 people is one step closer to setting up shop in Box Elder County following a presentation made during a work session of the Brigham City council Thursday.
Nature Food Product is an arm of Yosemite Meats of Modesto, Calif., a family-owned and operated company that has been in operation since 1981, according to family member and company spokesman, Michael Lau.
The swine harvesting operation is looking to expand into Utah and has already chosen a possible site for their operation – property between West Forest Street and Watery Lane. The initial plan is to put the first phase of the building on the north side of the ground and save the south piece along Forest Street as development property for future businesses. They hope to begin construction in 2014, adding a finished pork operation in 2016 and an advance pork production phase in 2017.
Although the room was filled with those curious about what Nature Food would bring with it, there were more questions than concerns. Water issues, smell, truck traffic and salaries were all addressed by Lau.
Several of the city’s councilmembers traveled to Modesto to see the plant there and had nothing but praise for the operation. Councilman and mayor elect Tyler Vincent called it “a very well organized business, one that is clean and professionally run, with happy and hard-working employees.”
He said in a community that is struggling for jobs, “this is a good thing for Box Elder County. It is a viable company and viable for our community. We are lucky they are considering us again, after what they have been through.”
Tremonton mayor Roger Fridal concurred. “With this company, let me tell you, there are no issues,” he told Brigham City residents. “The one real issue is that the plant could not come to Tremonton.”
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