Although it is 58 years old and produces turkey sent all over the world, Norbest Inc. has never had a permanent home company officials could call their own.
That will change. Ground has been broken for a new 12,700 square-foot building at 6873 S. Ninth East that will contain the company's administrative, sales and marketing offices. The marketing cooperative now has space at 6925 S. Union Park Center.Ken Rutledge, Norbest president, said, "By constructing our own headquarters building, we are signaling our continued growth and success and our continued commitment to Utah."
The groundbreaking was highlighted by Gov. Norm Bangerter and Richard E. Shinn Jr., chairman of the Norbest board of directors, barbecuing some turkey for the guests.
The company also released hundreds of balloons formed in the shape of a giant turkey. When the balloons lose helium they will fall to earth and people can find gift certificates for Norbest products inside.
The eight member associations of Norbest are Roxford Foods, Fresno, Calif.; Moroni Feed Co., Moroni, Sanpete County; Oregon Turkey Growers, Salem, Ore.; Trevcam Inc., Quincy, Ill.; Skylake Turkey Co., People's Republic of China; Utah Turkey Growers, Salina, Sevier County; West Central Turkeys, Pelican Rapids, Minn.; and Nebraska Turkey Growers, Gibbon, Neb.
The new building will have a sloped tile roof, a bronze glass atrium vestibule at the main entry, a bronze glass band around the entire building, open landscaping in the administrative and sales offices, five executive office suites, eight private offices, a test kitchen and laboratory equipped with the latest production equipment, and interior and exterior employee break and dining areas.