SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) -- The new owner of a northeastern Iowa kosher slaughterhouse says he's a turnaround artist who will operate a leaner plant that avoids the mistakes of his predecessor.

Hershey Friedman bought the Agriprocessors Inc. plant in July, more than a year after a massive immigration raid. Agriprocessors, once the nation's largest kosher slaughterhouse, filed for bankruptcy months after the raid, and the first of two trials for its former top manager opened Oct. 13.

Friedman, of Montreal, said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press that he will modernize the plant and eventually employ between 750 and 800 people. The plant once employed about 1,000.

Friedman spoke on the day a federal trial began for Sholom Rubashkin, who faces 163 charges related to his work at the plant.

Recommended for you