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A group of Texas business partners hope to turn a former corn dog plant in Muncie into a top producer of Halal foods for Islamic customers.

Halal Processing Solutions is gearing up for operations in the former Monogram Comfort Foods facility in the 2100 block of East Willard Street. Monogram, successor to longtime pork fritter producer Al Pete Meats, went out of business this spring, ending the jobs of 87 workers.

But partners in Halal, a new start-up, have moved quickly to set up operations in the building. Halal president Tom Keim told members of Muncie City Council's tax abatement committee this week that they've stripped out processing equipment formerly used by Monogram and replaced or rehabbed the building's floors and walls.


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