A new local beef processing and packing plant held a ribbon-cutting ceremony with local businesses leaders and government officials on Saturday.

According to the Clinton Herald, the facility began construction back in June with a groundbreaking ceremony featuring Governor Kim Reynolds with a shovel.

Naeve Family Beef is located in Camanche and will employ 40 to 50 people. The facility is a state-of-the-art packing facility that will process 60-head per day

The Naeue family is a six-generation family farm that raises cattle, grows crops, and operates a trucking company out of Andover.

After challenges such as the 2019 Kansas Tyson plant fire and COVID-19, the family decided to visit the idea of owning their own processing plant.

The facility will also offer a retail shop where people can buy meat products. However, Andrew Naeve, the President of Naeve Family Beef told WQAD, they want the retail store to sell more than their products- they want it to be an investment in the community.

According to the facility’s website, they will offer a variety of services on-site from slaughter to fabricating, to boxed primal, to packaging. There will also be a USDA grader on-site so producers can sell their meat across state lines.

The facility is not operating yet. The ribbon-cutting was an opportunity for friends, family, and the community to take a tour of the facility.

Once construction is done, the USDA still needs to do a walk-through and sign off on the plant and then go through a grand and audit process.

The family hopes to have the retail shop operational by the summer.

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