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Dakota Pack to break ground on expansion

Ceremony is Tuesday

March 24, 2017
Estherville News

Dakota Pack, a division of Farmers Union Industries, announces a groundbreaking ceremony at 3:30 p.m., March 28, for the new expansion that will double capacity of their cull hog processing facility in Estherville.

This project represents an exciting time in hog production as trends continue to show an increase pork supplies. Construction is expected to wrap up in September, however, Dakota Pack is planning to remain fully operational while construction takes places.

The expansion will provide capacity for increased processing as well as space for new state-of-the-art equipment. One of the more immediate additions will feature cryogenic packing capabilities to broaden the services that are currently offered to customers. Expanding operations will allow the company to continue to reinvest for future growth as the leading processor for out of spec hogs.

"Farmers Union Industries is tremendously excited about the opportunity to expand operations in Estherville. I am proud of our hard-working team that has helped to make this expansion possible. We look forward to better serving our customers as well as providing additional opportunities to the community here," said Duane Anderson, President and Chief Executive Officer.

About Dakota Pack

Dakota Pack, based in Estherville, is a division of Farmers Union Industries, LLC., and specializes in cull hog processing. Dakota Pack was acquired by Farmers Union Industries in July of 2015 and currently employs just under 100 people. Offering an array of quality fresh and frozen products, Dakota Pack distributes its pork throughout the United States.

About Farmers Union Industries

Farmers Union Industries (FUI) is a premier provider of specialized agricultural products, providing superior value and services to our members and customers. Current operations include Central Bi-Products, Northland Choice, Midwest Grease, Artex Manufacturing, Pet Care Systems, Performance Pet Products and Dakota Pack. For more information, visit



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