After delays, Hormel Institute construction almost here

AUSTIN, Minn. – A shovel has yet to hit the dirt at the Hormel Institute, despite the fact that construction was supposed to begin two months ago.

They are set to undergo a $28.5 million, 63,100 square-foot expansion.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held at the end of May. Gov. Mark Dayton, Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken and more were in attendance.

Work was set to begin a month later, but paperwork delayed the process before they could officially get some state money.

“We’re just really glad that we’re actually moving now. I guess it’s just some of the things you have to go through in order to get a project of this scale going,” said Hormel Institute Building Coordinator, Craig Jones.

Now that the behind-the-scenes work is complete, work should be starting in a couple of weeks.

“The time scale for the institute won’t be affected that much. The only thing that we were a little concerned about was that winter is coming, and it’s a lot nicer to build in the summer. However, I think we’re getting going soon enough,” Jones said.

The construction is still expected to last about 14 months. Jones said they hope to have it done by the end of October 2015.

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