The new owner of the kosher meatpacking plant in Postville says he plans to hire 150 workers as the plant expands its poultry production and restarts its beef line. Agri Star Meat and Poultry CEO Hershey Friedman said Friday the plant is expanding its turkey processing, which will mean adding a second shift to its poultry line. Friedman said it also plans to restart the plant’s beef line in a few weeks.
The new owners bought the plant out of bankruptcy last fall. The plant, then known as Agriprocessors, used to be the Postville area’s dominant employer, but the company collapsed in the wake of a huge immigration raid in May 2008.
The plant, which once employed nearly 1,000 workers, now has more than 400.