The Aberdeen, S.D. beef plant that formerly operated as Northern Beef Packers is set to open in early November with new ownership and a new name. R. Douglas Cooper, CEO of New Angus, says that the company is testing equipment and hiring new workers, reports the Aberdeen American News.

Cooper said that the plant is not expected to reach full capacity this year, and that the plant will begin with "just a small handful of cattle to test the systems and train."

Northern Beef Packers faced a delayed opening due to financial issues. It eventually did open but was forced to shut down because it lacked the money to purchase cattle. When it did close down, the plant became the center of an investigation into financial misconduct at the Governor's Office of Economic Development.

Source: Aberdeen American News via AgWeb