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Hormel to Buy $25 Million Dollar Air Freshener for Austin

Posted at: 02/13/2013 1:54 PM
Updated at: 02/13/2013 3:33 PM

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- It's no secret that on certain days, the presence Hormel Foods has in Austin is so great, there no escaping it's signature smell.

The plan to help control the odor at Hormel's Austin plant will cost $25 million dollars, and include facility upgrades as well.

The technology is designed to break down the compounds of the odor before it's even emitted.

Hormel says implementation will begin as soon as this summer, pending a review by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

A full release by Hormel Foods is below.


Hormel Foods will begin a Refined Products upgrade project, which will improve efficiency and equipment and will include state-of-the-art odor control technology at the Austin (Minn.) Plant.

The primary odor control upgrade will be implemented by the installation of advanced odor control technology that is expected to be operating by early summer. The primary odor control system destroys odor compounds before they are emitted.

Sustainable and environmentally friendly processes are designed into this project. Construction of the Refined Product project will begin as soon as the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has completed their review and approval process.

Because of our commitment to operate modern, clean and efficient facilities that add value to our communities, Hormel Foods is investing approximately $25 million to improve our facility in Austin.