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jbs logo"Fry, Moore, Bacon"

During the week of January 30th, Iowa Rep. Rob Bacon of Slater was able to get House colleagues Tom Moore and Joel Fry to collaborate on a resolution to honor Iowa's pork producers. House Resolution 3 was introduced by "Fry, Moore, Bacon" and passed on a voice vote.

JBS, Ottumwa’s largest employer, produces more than 6 million 8-ounce servings of pork per day, and more than 1 billion pounds per year. Here are some interesting facts:

Plant Capabilities:

  • Harvests and processes about 4.65 million market hogs per year
  • Employs 2,482 people in both salaried and hourly jobs
  • Produces 2 million pounds of bacon per week!


During the year 2016, City of Ottumwa spent $3.8 million in road improvements, including patching 7,187 potholes.

lemberger“It’s Photography of Iowa, the People of Iowa"

Ottumwan Michael W. Lemberger, a lifelong photographer and historian, died in 2016 at the age of 74. He left a collection of 1.5 million images, including his own work and historic photos from the 1880s through the early 21st century. Included are images from around the world and the nation, including ten US presidents, as well as a broad range of illustrations of Iowans and Iowa. Learn More

Ottumwa Economic Development Corporation 217 East Main Street Ottumwa, IA  52501
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