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Published May 19, 2014, 09:18 AM

Commission OKs plan review for Minn. Jennie-O office project

Work on a Jennie-O Turkey Store corporate office expansion, which could cost up to $7 million, is anticipated to begin in June and end next year.

By: David Little, Forum News Service

WILLMAR, Minn. — Work on a Jennie-O Turkey Store corporate office expansion, which could cost up to $7 million, is anticipated to begin in June and end next year.

The project will add 35,391 square feet to the present 20,500-square-foot office and expand parking for visitors and employees.

The Willmar Planning Commission approved a plan review for the expansion project last week.

City Planner Megan DeSchepper described the architecture as a little more showy than the current style. Randy Alsleben, Jennie-O director of engineering, agreed.

“I think we’re going to be an attractive addition to the industrial park,” he said.

Alsleben said an agreement to buy land from the city has been executed. But he said the agreement cannot be finalized until after a street project on Willmar Avenue Southwest is completed. The project is waiting for the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway to complete the railroad crossing work before Duininck Inc. can complete the street work.

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