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New beef plant could come to Rapid City


Rapid City could be the new home of a large meatpacking plant.

Kingsbury and Associates is part of a group looking to build the facility. The plant would cover more than 1 million square feet in the Black Hills Industrial Park.

Megan Kingsbury is the president and managing partner of Kingsbury and Associates. She says the company wants to restore competition in American meat processing.

Darrell Shoemaker is communications coordinator for the City of Rapid City. He says the company hasn’t requested permits yet.

The project will bring new technologies like artificial intelligence and robots to safely pack meat and bring a more consistent product to consumers. The facility will also feature a special bison processing line.

Marissa Brunkhorst is a junior at the University of South Dakota. She is from Hutchinson, Minnesota and is based out of the Vermillion studio.