Mexican food processor Sigma Alimentos has acquired a food processing facility in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa — which local news outlets report as good news for the region, six months after the announcement by West Liberty Foods that it would shut down its facility on May 7 of this year (announced last October).
According to a news release from Sigma, it paid $12.4 million for the plant, which will manufacture lunchmeat for the Bar-S and FUD brands to be distributed nationwide. Sigma produces a wide portfolio of food products in North and South America and Europe, including packaged meats, cheese, yogurts, plant-based and other refrigerated and frozen foods.
The closure of the West Liberty facility would have caused a loss of 350 jobs, so this news is comforting to the local community — although a date has not yet been shared as to when Sigma expects to start operations at the facility.
Nowhere has it been officially confirmed that the facility Sigma purchased is the West Liberty plant.