Fair Oaks Foods is set to open a food production facility in Davenport, pending local and state approval.

The city of Davenport announced today that the facility will be state-of-the-art and construction is expected to begin this summer on a 32-acre site near Interstate 80.

The investment by Fair Oaks Foods includes a 150,000-square-foot facility in the Eastern Iowa Industrial Center and will create about 247 new jobs.

Operations are expected to begin in early 2024. It is expected to have an economic impact of $182 million in our area, making it the largest business attraction in our region's history.

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Fair Oaks Foods is a family-owned meat processing company, headquartered in Pleasant Prarie, Wisconsin. It is the 11th largest Black-owned business in the U.S., according to a release from the city. They process a variety of protein products, including bacon, meatballs, pork and turkey sausage, and more.

The Davenport facility will produce fully-cooked bacon.

Michael L. Thompson, CEO and President of Fair Oaks Foods, said in part in the release:

I am extremely excited to expand our business to the great city of Davenport. We look forward to a long-standing relationship with the QC community, the City and the State of Iowa. My dream is to build a long standing 'Legacy' family business. The opportunity that the city has extended to us is the right fit, at the right time, for Fair Oaks Foods. It will be a great opportunity for our people to live and thrive in this region.

For more details about Fair Oaks Foods, visit their website.

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