Dr. Jack Sheaffer, chairman and founder of Sheaffer International, says that a proposed wastewater treatment system for the Storm Lake Sara Lee Foods plant will allow that industry to expand its operations, while also enhancing the environment.
Storm Lake city officials expressed concerns about the plan, its site and the impact of the separate plant on the city treatment system at a public meeting Wednesday.
Sheaffer told the Pilot-Tribune later that pretreating water and then sending it to the city's wastewater facility would allow the Sara Lee to not only reduce shipping costs for the rendering process, but would also open up new space in the plant to allow flexibility in production and possibly some new employment opportunities.
"It's going to be an advantage to (Sara Lee) which is one of the bigger employers in the region," he said. "It's going to allow them to expand operations, and expanding operations generally means some more jobs."
While in Buena Vista County last week, Sheaffer also made a point of visiting with members of the county Farm Bureau about the project.
"I wanted them to understand how we were doing this," he said. "And I wanted the county supervisors to know because we're in the county on a site zoned for what we want to do."
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