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January 23, 2001|Staff Writer

The county Board of Supervisors received an update Tuesday on the status of the under-construction beef-processing plant in Brawley owned by the company B.P. Ventures.

The update was provided by Tom DuBose, manager of Design Development & Engineering LLC in El Centro. DuBose has been a liaison on the project.

The $50 million facility will occupy 342,000 square feet and is due to be completed by Oct. 22. Construction began Oct. 16.

DuBose praised the county for getting involved in the project and emphasized the benefits to the county. He said there are 72 people employed at the site, including 60 locals, with a average weekly payroll of $70,000.


"You can just visualize that rolling through the community," he said.

In addition to the construction jobs, DuBose said the company has already hired five of its employees including its chief operating officer, plant engineer, two operating managers and one person in sales. A human resources manager and quality assurance/quality control manager are expected by March 1.

When fully operational, the plant is expected to employ as many as 600 people.

DuBose also read off a list of local subcontractors and local suppliers.

Incentives granted by the county to the facility include:

l a loan in the amount equal to the in-house costs of permits necessary for the issuance of a building permit and the first year air pollution permit. The loan is converted into a grant when a minimum of 10 jobs at a pay rate not less than $10 per hour has been sustained for a minimum of five years;

l $200,000 from the county Air Pollution Control District and county District Attorney's Office toward the cost of constructing asphalt and/or concrete pavement and/or for any other qualified air pollution mitigation measures on the project site to control dust and other air pollutants;

l the screening and interviewing of potential employees based upon the company's selection criteria by the county Office of Employment Training. The OET will provide job-training services as well as tax credit certification required for state and federal tax credits;

l assistance with the city of Brawley to include the site in the city's foreign trade zone application, currently being processed;

l continued assistance by the county in pursuing assistance through the U.S. Department of Agriculture to facilitate the development of the project;

l a rebate of property taxes for five years on that property that qualifies under the economic revitalization manufacturing property tax rebate program;

l the application for funds to improve roads in the vicinity of the plant.

The incentives are listed in a confidential June 23, 2000, letter from the county to Greg Bock, manager of B.P. Ventures in Welton, Ariz.

"This offer is tendered at the direction of the Board of Supervisors with the belief that B.P. Ventures will agree that this offer with the offers from the other responsible agencies will in fact extend your firm the most logical and economical location for your final selection," it says.

Staff Writer Rudy Yniguez can be reached at 337-3440.

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