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Strauss Brands, LLC is proposing a new 152,035 square-foot facility on the southwest corner of West Loomis Road and the new Monarch Drive. (Photo: Franklin Economic Development Commission)

Attendance for the Oct. 8 Franklin plan commission meeting spilled from the common council chambers into two other rooms with several socially-distant residents standing in the city hall lobby, some holding signs.

Some of the signs were directed at Franklin Mayor Steve Olson — “recall Olson” and “Mayor Olson tell the truth” — while others focused on the issue of the night with sayings like “no expansion” and “we the people say no to Strauss.”

Strauss Brands LLC wants to build a new 152,035 square-foot single-story meat processing facility on about 30 acres on the southwest corner of West Loomis Road and the new Monarch Drive. The rendering for the site also indicated an area for possible future expansion on the