New facility for Iowa

ESI Group has been selected to design and construct a greenfield beef-processing facility located in southwest Iowa, company president Brad Barke has revealed


The 500,000-square-foot Cattlemen’s Heritage beef-harvesting plant, located in northern Mills County just south of Council Bluffs, will harvest 1,500 head per day and employ up to 750 people. Ground breaking is scheduled for spring 2022.

“We were drawn to the ESI Group because of its status as an industry leader with more than three decades of specialized experience in the design and construction of food distribution, processing, and automated facilities,” said Chad Tentinger, lead developer for Cattlemen’s Heritage, which is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa. “The ESI Group has the expertise and ability to ensure that our facility is up and running as planned in December 2023.”

ESI Group’s design and construction of a 901,668-square-foot distribution center on 74 acres in Phoenix, Ariz., to better serve grocery retailer WinCo’s existing 94 and future stores influenced the Cattlemen’s Heritage leadership team’s decision, Tentinger said.