Construction permits for the egg-laying portion of Rembrandt Enterprises have been approved by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources this week. There are still two permits pending for the wastewater portion of the egg-breaking facility.
Officials from Rembrandt Enterprises say they plan to construct three of the laying buildings this fall and five more next year. Work has begun on one of the pullet-growing buildings west of Rembrandt.
"We're very happy that (the permit applications) came through, but we figured they would since we've been complying with everything the law requires us to do," Darrel Rettig of Rembrandt Enterprises said.
Rembrandt Enterprises announced its plans for the egg-laying facility in late May. The completed facility, with the egg-breaking plant, will cost between $30 million and $35 million. Glen Taylor, owner of the Minnesota Timberwolves, is financing the project as well as providing land for it.
While the project is proceeding, it has met strong opposition from residents in the Rembrandt area. They have organized several town meetings, met with the county board of supervisors and sent numerous letters and a petition to the DNR, Glen Taylor, the board of supervisors and area newspapers.
Read the rest of this article in the 9/21 Pilot Tribune.