Triumph Foods officials are awaiting a city council vote to see if the Illinois Quad-Cities Enterprise Zone will be expanded to include Triumph's new pork-packing plant near East Moline, Ill.

A positive vote for Triumph would qualify the plant for such things as tax rebates, waived permit fees and construction material tax exemptions.

As proposed, the Triumph processing plant would create 1,000 new jobs, as well as other spin-off employment for the area, according to a report in the Quad-Cities Times newspaper. The East Moline plant would mirror the packer's first, state-of-the-art facility, which opened in January in St. Joseph, Mo.

The areas included in the Illinois Quad-Cities Enterprise Zone are East Moline, Moline, Milan and Silvis, Ill., as well as Rock Island County. Four have already voted "yes," leaving the Silvis city leaders with the final vote.

No surprise, the plant has its critics, who are concerned that it would produce odor and other environmental problems. Some folks living in the area are opposing a 'yes' vote, but it is expected to move forward, according to the Quad-Cities Times.

East Moline is providing Triumph with a $20-million-incentive package via tax increment financing. That includes $7 million to build a new off-site infrastructure, $8 million for on-site infrastructure and a $5-million cap for other site improvements.

While the vote is pending, East Moline and Triumph Foods officials are proceeding with plans through an engineering firm, the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The city also will retain a second, outside engineering firm to serve as a third party to oversee the project. Triumph has agreed to pay $150,000 toward that expense.

SOURCE: Pork from The Quad-City Times.