Work on the prison began in 2005 and was supposed to be finished in 2008. But the prison had funding problems and construction delays. It pushed costs up to roughly $250-million.
A spokeswoman for the Bureau of Prisons says it's slated to open in early 2011.
There is already a warden and a growing number of staff members for the 1,152-bed medium-security prison. The prison is expected to need about 360 staffers.
It's a boon to the area which is suffering from double-digit unemployment.