Congressman Loebsack visits Eddyville Cargill plant

Congressman Dave Loebsack visited Eddyville Monday morning for a tour of Cargill's corn processing plant.

The congressman said it has been a while since he visited and wanted an update on how things are working. He also wanted to address any workforce development issues that might be helped with action in Washington D.C.

The Eddyville plant is a vital piece of the economy in Monroe, Wapello and Mahaska counties. So even though factory employment carries the stigma of being less attractive jobs, they're well-paying positions that are important to the economy.

"These are jobs that can't get transferred overseas, they can't get outsourced, too," Congressman Loebsack said. "That's really important for folks to keep in mind, that this is Iowa-based, bringing in corn from this region, processing, doing the things that they're doing here and these are good jobs that are here in Iowa, in America, that are not going to leave."

Congressman Loebsack said he was surprised to learn during his tour that the Eddyville locations is the second-largest Cargill plant.