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Hormel donating items to waste facility

The city of Austin is getting a little bit of help from its biggest company.

Hormel Foods Corp. donated cabinets, countertops, two fume hoods and two exhaust fans with motors from its old R&D facility to the city for its Waste Water Treatment Facility. The items were valued at $16,500.

“It would be much greater than that should we try to go purchase it brand new, so a great donation from the Hormel company,” Public Works Director Steven Lang said.

The lab at the city treatment facility was built in 1939 and underwent updates in 1959, but city officials said it’s in need of updates.

Hormel Foods moved to a new R&D lab near Todd Park last year.

The Austin City Council unanimously accepted the donation earlier this week.