Created: 05/28/2014 2:32 PM KAALtv.com
The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota celebrated today the start of a new expansion project to nearly double in size and greatly enhance its world-class cancer research.
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton joined U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, among more than 350 state and local leaders and Institute supporters, in taking part in a groundbreaking ceremony under a large tent set up in The Hormel Institute’s east parking lot, where the expansion will take place.
The three leaders each spoke during the ceremony along with other dignitaries that included Gary Ray, Chair of The Hormel Foundation, and State Sen. David Senjem, who was Senate Majority Leader in 2012 when the Legislature approved $13.5 million in bonding funds for the expansion.
Dayton included The Hormel Institute’s expansion as one of three projects he highlighted when he unveiled his proposed state bonding bill in early 2012. That bonding request – supported strongly by both political parties – led to the state partnering for the first time with The Hormel Institute on a building project, with The Hormel Foundation committing $15 million to the new expansion.