The Luverne plant receives cleaned, fresh, unpacked, USDA-inspected chicken from the company’s other processing facilities. These products are then further processed in the form of ready-to-cook products for retail or food service clients. For background, when IBP left Luverne in January 1998, it employed 370 people, and its closing signaled a low point in morale for Luverne economic development. But Gold’n Plump offered new hope later that same year. The company immediately spent $2 million remodeling the former IBP plant and started operating with 120 employees. At one point, Gold’n Plump in Luverne employed roughly 250 people with an annual payroll of $6 million. It now employs 165 people.
The Luverne Gold’n Plump plant has been sold by St. Cloud-based GNP Company to an Illinois-based company called The Maschhoffs, LLC.
According to GNP corporate relations manager Lexann …
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