The company plans to invest $12 million in the project.

MASON CITY, Iowa – Cargill broke ground on a $12 million, 11,700-sq.-ft. expansion of the company’s cooked egg facility in Mason City, Iowa. The facility produces refrigerated liquid pasteurized eggs, pre-cooked frozen entrees and pre-cooked frozen scrambled eggs.

The company said the expansion is necessary to meet foodservice and food ingredient customer demand for the company’s cooked egg entrees and patties. The project is expected to create 44 jobs.

“Producing innovative, protein-rich, egg-based foods at our Mason City facility continues to create excitement in the marketplace and generate growth momentum for our customers and Cargill,” said Jessica Reith, facility general manager. “Helping our customers deliver high-quality, nutritious, delicious and affordable egg protein to consumers has led to multiple expansions since the facility opened in 2001 with three dozen employees and the desire to successfully grow the business.”

The Mason City facility is one of four egg processing facilities owned by Cargill, with two in Minnesota and another in Michigan, where a $27 million expansion was completed in May 2016.