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Hormel expands Spam production

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 05:09 p.m. HST, Feb 14, 2014

DUBUQUE, Iowa » Minnesota-based Hormel Foods is bringing Spam production to eastern Iowa as part of an expansion project that's set to add jobs to the region.

Production of the canned meat product will begin at the Progressive Processing facility in Dubuque sometime next year, the Telegraph Herald reported. The facility is part of a $31 million expansion that is expected to create more than 90 jobs in Dubuque. A contract between Hormel and state officials is expected to be finalized soon.

"We try to get contracts signed within 120 days of awards," said Tina Hoffman, marketing and communications director for the Iowa Economic Development Authority. She noted a March 22 deadline in this case, and said, "there are definitely plenty of times where we extend that."

The Dubuque facility currently makes several microwavable products for the company. Its expansion will include at least two phases. The first will focus on a production line for Bacon Bits, a popular topping item. Spam production will be brought in during a second phase of expansion.

Details about the expansion are limited, but the newspaper reported that a building permit application from Hormel contained blueprints.

Spam was first produced in 1937. Its popularity jumped when more than 100 million pounds were shipped to service members overseas during World War II. It is sold in several varieties.

Spam is currently made in Fremont, Neb., and Austin, Minn. The second location is also home to Hormel's headquarters.

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GWakai02 wrote:
Should open a plant in Hawaii. I imagine our residents purchase more Spam products than any other state. Sales in the orient is nothing to sneeze at either. Save a lot in shipping cost, but wages may be a problem.
on February 14,2014 | 12:18PM
kahu808 wrote:
Residents of Guam eat 16 tins per person per year.
on February 14,2014 | 01:52PM
808comp wrote:
Was thinking about the same thing. I know people in Japan likes it.
on February 14,2014 | 03:34PM
cojef wrote:
Not enough pigs and cattle in Hawaii? As kahu808 says Guamians eat more "Spam" than locals.
on February 14,2014 | 06:41PM
sailfish1 wrote:
It's amazing that they still make it in the U.S. Good for them.
on February 14,2014 | 12:54PM
hawaiiwalter wrote:
My heart doctor told me to never eat the stuff.
on February 14,2014 | 03:19PM
paulokada wrote:
Just take Vitamin C, lysine and proline. Cure heart disease.
on February 14,2014 | 11:40PM
GoldenRule wrote:
Because it contains too much salt. Bad for congestive heart failure.
on February 15,2014 | 07:10AM
paulokada wrote:
Spam made by China. I love it. Thank You China.
on February 14,2014 | 11:39PM
HanabataDays wrote:
It makes sense to put the Spam factory where the pigs are -- Iowa. I'm trying to develop Spam shave ice but the frozen fat feels funnykine in your mouth.
on February 15,2014 | 04:42AM
niceynicey wrote:
Thank you, God!
on February 15,2014 | 07:28AM
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