Nash County Commissioners To Discuss Controversial Chicken Plant

Nash County Commissioners will meet Tuesday to discuss the controversial proposal for a new poultry processing plant.

The board has called a special meeting about concerns over the poultry industry. The event will include a panel of experts and representatives from Sanderson Farms.

The proposed poultry plant has received opposition after some believe it could have harmful environmental side effects on the area. The plant could provide as many as 1,100 jobs to the area.

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Sanderson Farms says it has put on hold a controversial chicken plant in Nash County because of increasing grain prices.

The company, which already has two facilities in Lenoir County, had wanted to build another processing plant in southern Nash County this year. But the company says because of higher grain prices and the very tight supply of corn they will delay those plans.

The proposed plant has been opposed by a group of nearby residents as well as the city of Wilson because of environmental concerns.

Residents we talked with Thursday night say they are pleased, for now, that the plant will not be coming.

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