South Dakota governor declares 'Jack Link's Jerky Day'
ALPENA, S.D. -- One of the region's largest employers and its snack will be celebrated Thursday across South Dakota.
Gov. Dennis Daugaard has declared Thursday to be "Jack Link's Jerky Day" in South Dakota. The event coincides with the third annual National Jerky Day.
The company's largest production plant is in Alpena, where more than 800 people are employed to produce meat snacks.
The governor's proclamation calls Jack Link's "a proud corporate citizen of South Dakota” and commended it for its "economic resolve."
To celebrate, the company announced Friday that it would bring a meat replica of the Mount Rushmore National Monument on Thursday to New York City. That replica will be 12 feet tall and 20 feet wide, covered in more than 1,600 pounds of Jack Link's beef, pork and turkey jerky, and will be showcased in the Big Apple's Columbus Circle.
Link Snacks Inc., the company that produces Jack Link's products, finished a 26,000- square-foot plant expansion in 2012 at its Alpena facility. The company bought the Alpena Beef Snacks plant in 1994 and has added on numerous times.