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Meatpacking plant plans still pending
A Wisconsin-based meatpacker has still not announced plans for building a plant that would employ up to 2,500 people.

Smithfield Beef Group sent representatives to Clovis in October to visit with local officials.

Headquartered in Green Bay, Wis., Smithfield Beef is the nation’s fifth-largest beef processor, according to the company Web site. The company processes approximately 2 million cattle annually.

According to Clovis City Manager Joe Thomas, Clovis is still being considered as a possible location by the company. “Apparently the project is on hold,” Thomas said, “but Clovis is still in the running as far as I know.”

Realtors present awards at banquet
Local Realtors recently held their annual banquet and presented the following awards:
• Realtor of the Year: Kathy Corn of Re/Max and Carolyn Sherman of Coldwell/Colonial.
• Citizen of the Year: Randy Harris and Chad Lydick of the Committee of Fifty.
• Spirit Award: Chamber of Commerce.

Local honored as Realtor of year
Local Realtor Wes Graham was named 2005 Realtor of the Year by the Realtors Association of New Mexico.

“It was a big honor to be selected,” Graham said. “It has been a good experience participating in the association.”

The award is presented annually to an outstanding leader who has committed time, talent and expertise to the Realtor association, according to an association news release.

Graham said he has been in the real estate business for 24 years. He is chief executive officer of Re/Max First Place Realtors, Inc., specializing in residential brokerage.

Graham, 45, said he is active in the state association. having served as president in 2003. He has also chaired several committees and held various offices.

Business Digest is compiled by CNJ staff writer Tonya Garner. She may be contacted at 763-6991, or by e-mail: tonya_garner@link.freedom.com