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New beef processing plant proposed in South Dakota

A $1.1 billion meat processing plant has been proposed for western South Dakota.

Project managing partner Megan Kingsbury tells Brownfield daily slaughter capacity would be around 8,000 head, and they’re hoping to break ground on the one-million square foot facility in 2023.

“There is an extreme monopoly in the processing world right now,” Kingsbury said. “We are out to spread that wealth back around and put the producers back on the map.”

Kingsbury says the Rapid City plant will generate approximately 2,500 jobs, and construction is expected to take three years.

“It will use state-of-the-art technology, artificial intelligence, and robotic-driven processing lines,” Kingsbury said.

She says the plant will also have a specialty bison processing line.  Kingsbury says the research and development phase will last until the end of 2022.

Kingsbury & Associations and Sirius Realty are heading up the project.

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