Trim-Rite is stirring up a lot of debate these days. The company considered building a pork processing plant and slaughterhouse on Rockford's west side. While some have been speaking out against the project, local hog farmers say Trim-Rite would put some much needed pork into their pockets.
The hog farm has been in Richard Beuth's family for more than 100 years.
"It's tough work 365 days of the year, but I wouldn't do anything else," says Beuth.
His pigs are raised in a heated pen. It's about 85 degrees in here. In a few months they'll head outside. Hogs there are about 220 pounds, 40 more to go until they're transported to a slaughterhouse in Rantoul.
"It's about 160 miles away, so it takes truckers about three-and-a-half hours to get down there," says Beuth.
Each one of these pigs cost about $4 to transport to a slaughterhouse, but Trim-Rite would reduce that cost to about $1 per pig, saving Beuth about $10,000 a year.
Trim-Rite would also mean another business competing for Beuth's hogs.
"Like in any business, the more competition you have, it generally helps your price,” says Beuth.
Beuth now gets 55 cents a pound or about $125 for his pigs, but when you subtract the cost of raising and feeding them, the profit margin isn't very steep. Trimming the fat off transportation costs as well as porking up his prices would be a welcomed opportunity for him as well as the nearly two dozen other hog farmers in our area.
Beuth says he and all the other pork producers in the area support the proposed Trim-Rite plant. Using Rantoul as an example, Beuth believes Trim-Rite would lure more production plants as well as more jobs to our area.