Mayor hopeful for Iowa Premium Beef 2014 opening

TAMA – The former Tama Pack facility may look like an abandoned plant now, but its future will be a hustling and bustling facility known as the Iowa Premium Beef packing plant.

The much talked about, and much-delayed, facility is now gearing up for an opening sometime this year.

“They are still planning on opening sometime this year,” said Tama Mayor Dan Zimmerman. “We are not sure when.”

He said there continues to be remodeling work on the facility to meet the needs of IPB, which will focus on custom processing and more specialty brands and not be a mass quantity kill plant.

A total of 600 jobs are expected to land in Tama when the plant is up and running.

“It will be a big boost for the economy,” Zimmerman said.

One challenge in town will be housing these new residents of the area. Zimmerman said the town could use a new, big apartment building but developers have been skeptical given the history of the Tama Pack facility and the possibility closure.

Zimmerman has more confidence in Iowa Premium Beef.

“I think they will be around for quite awhile,” Zimmerman said.

Company officials and Tama County Economic Development Director Heath Kellogg declined to comment on the timeframe of the project this week.