Meat processor Deli Star to employ nearly 500 in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS (AP) — An Illinois meat processor has plans to relocate to midtown St. Louis, bringing nearly 500 jobs to the area.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Deli Star Corp., of Fayetteville, Illinois, is in the midst of renovating more than 100,000 square feet of space at the Villa Lighting Building, where production of the Deli Star’s slow-cooked meats, deli logs, salads, sauces and plant-based products will begin next year.

Missouri officials have said the move represents a $99 million investment. Deli Star’s headquarters had been located 35 miles southeast of St. Louis in Fayetteville for 34 years until a fire in January destroyed its production facilities.