Foods Corporation recently celebrated the grand opening of Progressive Processing LLC, its new production facility in Dubuque, Iowa. Progressive Processing, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hormel Foods, is the first new production facility the company has built in more than 25 years, according to the Business Wire. Progressive Processing was built according to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council for environmentally sustainable construction. Hormel Foods has applied for LEED certification and expects confirmation in the coming months. Progressive Processing is expected to be one of the first manufacturing plants — and the only refrigerated food processing facility — to be LEED certified at any level. The facility will use at least 25 percent less energy and water than a plant built to meet current building codes and industry standards and was constructed using materials with more than 36 percent recycled content. Hormel Foods believes they will recoup the extra cost necessary to construct the environmentally friendly facility during the first two years of operation. The new facility spans 348,000 square feet. It will cost $89 million when complete. The plant officially opened on Jan. 25, 2010, when it produced its first run of Hormel® Compleats® microwave meals. Progressive Processing currently employs about 90 team members. At maximum capacity, the company could employ up to 300 people. Additional employees will be hired based on business needs and as additional production lines are added. Currently, the plant is running one line of Hormel® Compleats® microwave meals.