Plans To Build Chicken Processing Plant Remain On Hold

Plans to build a controversial poultry plant in Nash County remain on hold after Sanderson Farms reported a major loss in the second quarter.

Sanderson Farms announced earlier this year that plans for a new processing plant in North Carolina were on hold. Those sentiments were echoed in a conference call with shareholders Tuesday, according to the Wilson Times. The poultry company reported a $16.3 million dollar loss in the second quarter.

The new chicken processing plant has received opposition since the idea's inception. Residents fear that waste will harm the water supply for the surrounding community. Some critics have filed a lawsuit to stop Sanderson Farms from building in southern Nash County near the Wilson County line.

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