Update -3-16-22

Last night the Decatur City Council voted down a request to amend a city ordinance to allow the slaughter of cattle in city limits. The council voted 5-0.

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(3-14-22) — A proposed slaughterhouse inside the Decatur, Indiana city limits, operated by I-O Properties of Coldwater, Ohio, is concerning many local residents. A petition by local community members has been submitted to City Council asking for the plant not to be allowed.

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The planned project is a $20 million investment that would employ 100 workers at first and add another 100 workers in the future.

The operation would include 6 to 7 semi-loads of cattle delivered daily to the plant for beef production.

“modern, livestock harvesting and food manufacturing and production facility…based on the Temple Grandin’s cattle handling recommendations”

The facility would take over the former Dean Ice Cream building at 400 S. Chamber Drive, in an industrial park that backs up to a residential neighborhood.

I-O has successfully petitioned the Board of Zoning Appeals for a variance…since current regulations do not allow for that type of facility.

The Decatur City Council will vote on Tuesday night’s regular meeting on whether to amend or repeal that ordinance to allow the business to slaughter the cattle in the city, or take no action. The current city council is made up of four Republicans and 1 Democrat.

What is Temple Grandin & Designing Cattle Handling?

Grandin has invented a number of systems for improving livestock handling, including a diagonal pen that takes advantage of cattle’s natural instincts in order to herd them towards loading chutes, a system for assessing and scoring animal-handling in meat processing plants, and a number of cattle restraining systems.Apr 5, 2019

I-O Properties, LLC is an Ohio Domestic Limited-Liability Company filed On August 2, 2021. The company’s filing status is listed as Active and its File Number is 4723230.

The Registered Agent on file for this company is Riggs D. Florence and is located at 4260 Burrville Road, Coldwater, OH 45828.