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Neb. Packing House To Reopen Under New Management

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- A Nebraska meatpacking plant is reopening under new management, nearly five years after it was forced to close because of legal and financial problems tied to its sister facility in eastern Iowa.

Fred Hlava, the city manager in Gordon, Neb., said Thursday that officials have approved a deal with Open Range Beef, a company registered in Bellevue, Neb. The company will reopen the plant, which previously operated under the name Local Pride Kosher.

The old plant closed its doors in September 2008, shortly after an immigration raid at the Agriprocessors slaughterhouse in Postville, Iowa. The parent company of both plants declared bankruptcy, and Sholom Rubashkin, a top executive at the Iowa plant, is now serving a 27-year federal prison sentence for financial fraud.

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