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Small Town Food Truck Feeding Community

May 18, 2017 08:00 PM

(ABC 6 News) --  A major project is underway to expand the Al-Corn clean fuel ethanol plant in Claremont to more than double its size.

But new workers aren't the only thing the construction is attracting.  A new food truck is also cashing in on the construction.

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For now, the Country Girl Cooking food truck is located in the southwest part of Claremont.

Ben Meyer, co-partner and chef in of the food truck says the truck is there at the request of the city.

"We had heard that there was gonna be anywhere close to 300 extra employees at the ethanol plant this summer and possibly next summer too. So the city of Claremont contacted us because there was no other place in town to eat,” said Meyer.

This is the truck's fourth day in Claremont but it's already seeing its clientele grow.

"It's gonna provide something more than just fried food. Something that, you know, a little taste of home as you may," said Logan O’Rourke.

Mary Goulette, another customer says she likes the added variety in town.

"Because there isn't anywhere else in town to get something that's warm to eat, there really isn't," said Goulette.

Meanwhile, others think it could be the next hangout joint.

"In the spring we spend more time here with our employees, and co-workers than we do with our families so it's a thing to bring us together and have the community aspect, it makes it perfect to work with each other," said O’Rourke.

"If the opportunity comes up like it's supposed to, we'll be permanently here for a while," added Meyer.

The owner of the food truck says they have plans to move across the street from the ethanol plant this weekend.

It will be open for business there starting Monday.


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