Hormel plans addition to Rochelle plant

A building permit filed with the city shows that the Minnesota-based food maker plans to build a 27,000 square-foot addition to the plant to add a new line of microwaveable entrees.

Hormel spokeswoman Julie Craven declined to say how many jobs might be added in the expansion. The company now employs 790 workers at the plant in Rochelle about 30 miles south of Rockford.

Rochelle's economic development director calls the expansion is a good sign.