Meadowbrook Farms Cooperative is moving ahead with plans to open a $25 million packing plant for its 200 producer members at Rantoul, IL, in early November, says company spokesman Jim Altemus.

On Oct. 28, the cooperative will hold its annual membership meeting. At that time, producer members will have the chance to see state-of-the art equipment perform a test run of cutting and packaging pork products.

On Oct. 29, a media session is planned for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., followed by an open house for the public, says Altemus.

The cooperative will employ 215-220 workers in its 3,000-head, single-shift, pork packing and processing facility.