Kingsbury & Associates Still in R&D Phase for Massive Packing Plant Project

Kingsbury & Associates had recently set out to build a giant beef packing plant capable of processing up to 8,000 head of cattle a day. They anticipate this plant will take about three years to build and will eventually employ about 2,500 people. If successful, it would become the single-largest beef processing plant in the country.

The company has recently announced a new partner – Farmers Union Industries. The project will be linked to a facility that will be operated by Farmers Union. This facility will be set next to the packing plant and designed to handle byproducts out of the facility, using meat and bone meal and making tallow and grease products for the feed ingredients industry.

The project is still in its R&D phase, while the company works to tackle challenges in construction, efficiency, and optimization. For instance, the company is working with the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, as well as others, to bring in technology that would manage odors from methane. This phase will require extensive research into the optimal design and layout, followed by additional R&D during construction. Currently, the company is working to get approval for the location and operation of the facility before moving into next steps.

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