Dakota Pack held its 10th anniversary celebration on Wednesday.
The company began operations in Alcester, S.D. in 1998 in a joint venture with Dakota Park Products. Starting with 13 employees, the first day of operations in Estherville was Nov. 12, 2002.
Besides president Doug Skinner and his father-in-law Mike Verschoor, two employees are still with the company-Ahmed Castro and Ramiro Pesina.
Above, President Doug Skinner and wife Amy Skinner celebrated the 10th anniversary of Dakota Pack on Wednesday.
EDN photos by David Swartz
Dakota Pack slaughtered 75 hogs the first day and 125 the second.
It took the rest of the week to process 200 hogs.
Currently, Dakota Pack processes 1,100 hogs in eight hours.
The physical plant on Ninth Avenue South has increased its footprint 250 percent since the original purchase.
Dakota Pack acquired Dakota Pork Products in 2006 and began marketing meat under the Dakota Pack name.
It spun off a protein conversion company in 2008 called Iowa Protein Solutions. Iowa Protein Solutions bought he former Golden Sun feed mill and corporate offices.
Iowa Protein Solutions also spun off a trucking company in 2010 called Iowa Protein Transportation.
Current total employment in Estherville among all three companies is 135 full-time positions.
"We're just happy we are here in Estherville and we hope to continue to grow," said Skinner.