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Hormel Foods Breaks Ground on New Early Childhood Education Center


Austin, Minn.

A ceremonial groundbreaking was held May 3 to celebrate the future home of a new early childhood education center in Austin, Minn. The 13,000-square-foot facility will accommodate up to 130 children, including those of team members and others in the community of Mower County.

“We are excited to begin construction on our new early learning center and partner with Bright Horizons to help meet the childcare needs of our team members and those in our community,” said Angie Bissen, manager of human resources business partners at Hormel Foods. “In today’s tight labor market, our new facility will help us recruit and retain working parents who are needing to find quality, affordable care for their children and provide an additional option for childcare in the area.”

Bissen was one of several presenters at Wednesday’s groundbreaking ceremony. She was joined by Katie Larson, senior vice president of human resources, Jeff Holt, senior manager of corporate properties, Jami Behrens, division vice president of operations for Bright Horizons, and Elaine Hansen, president of the Austin Area Chamber of Commerce.

Benike Construction will immediately begin work on the new facility, which is expected to open in spring 2024.