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Iowah Chicken Boullion Zoning Approved

Spencer, IA (KICD)–A major hurdle in the process of bringing a 150,000 square foot food condiment producer to Spencer’s Green Industrial Center has been cleared.

At this (Wednesday) morning’s special Planning and Zoning Commission meeting the board unanimously approved forwarding a recommendation for a zoning change to the Spencer City Council to allow Hensall Condiments to move forward with this project.

Iowah Chicken Boullion Founder Quan Phu told the commission that he is of Chinese decent and was born in Vietnam. He emigrated to the U.S. in 1982 and started a small poultry business in 1990.

Phu says he was looking at a number of location and was impressed by Spencer upon his first visit.

The proposed facility will be built on a 40 acre site in the Green Industrial Center across from the Pioneer building. Iowa Lake Corridor President & CEO Kathy Evert noted that an economic impact analysis showed a potential $51 million yearly impact to Spencer and the surrounding area.

The starting wage for production workers will be approximately $16.75 an hour with only full time workers working at least 35 hours per week. Once in operation the first two years will be spent purchasing chicken product for processing and building up a contact base.

John Zulk has worked alongside Phu in bringing this project together.

It is estimated by year three of operation that Iowah Chicken Boullion would be responsible for just over 433 jobs in the area. No offensive aroma is anticipated. The majority of the product will be shipped to China.

Some funding for the project still needs to be secured, but if all goes according to plan construction could begin yet this Fall with operations to ramp up next Summer.