Construction workers have begun repairs at the Triumph Foods pork processing plant at St. Joseph, MO, following the explosion Oct. 12 that killed one construction worker and injured several others.

Triumph Foods' CEO Rick Hoffman estimates completing construction before the end of the year and opening for business in January 2006.

“We have been working for many months on designing and building a state-of-the-art pork processing plant in St. Joseph,” says Hoffman. “The unfortunate accident on Oct. 12 delayed the opening, bur we believe we can begin full-scale operations in early 2006, employing more than 1,000 people and producing high-quality pork products.”

Damage at the plant was limited primarily to the building that will house administrative offices and the cafeteria. The processing area, located in an adjacent building, did not sustain any major damage. No dollar figure has been placed on the estimated damages.