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ConAgra gives $2.5 million to town of Garner

Posted September 4, 2011

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— The town of Garner has received a check for $2.5 million from the company that once operated the Slim Jim plant that shut in May, nearly two years after a fatal explosion.

ConAgra Foods gave the check to Garner as seed money for a community center. ConAgra also has donated the Garner plant, the surrounding 108 acres and $500,000 for marketing and other plans to the nonprofit Garner Economic Development Corp.

That group will oversee redevelopment of the ConAgra site. It's expected to receive the plant and surrounding land in October.

On June 9, 2009, four people were killed in an explosion at the plant caused by a natural gas leak. 

ConAgra reopened the plant two months later but laid off about half of the approximately 700 workers in November 2009 because of diminished production capacity. The company decided to move production to Troy, Ohio, for a better cost structure and production expansion.

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  • Force_One Sep 5, 2011

    Wow, so what did the "town of Garner" do to deserve this? Couldn't they have taken the money and helped employees, who are now without jobs, find new jobs or re-train?

  • YippiYiyoKiYay Sep 5, 2011

    ConAgra earned my respect in the way they handled themselves throughout this entire ordeal. I also understand why they're leaving. They did the right thing by everyone in this mess, and it wasn't even their fault. Look what they got in return. Everybody wanted to get paid off. Good luck ConAgra, the ones you left behind don't deserve good paying jobs. It's never enough. Maybe they'll be happy at Burger King.

  • Nancy Sep 5, 2011

    And to my knowledge, Con Agra never received any "incentive" (tax payer monies) to locate in our state.

    And those that do and shut down rarely are so generous as Con Agra has been to this state.