Proposed Chicken Plant Continues To Draw Protesters

Dozens of protesters came out to oppose the possible opening of a chicken plant in the east.

Landowners in Nash County and opposition groups argue that a Sanderson Farms processing plant will be damaging to the environment.

Sanderson has committed to make a 95-million dollar investment that would create 1,100jobs.

Nash County's manager said an identical plant recently went up in Kinston and passed all state regulations.

County leaders expect to hear a final decision about whether the company plans to build the plant in Nash County before the end of the year.


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  • by Shine Location: NE NC on Oct 12, 2011 at 08:51 PM
    Sanderson builds everything from the ground up, they do not want any existing grow out houses either. Look at the revenue and jobs it will rotate..... Having a 'frozen' attitude like this will be the reason that Tarboro didn't get ECTC which ended as ECU and Firestone that is in Wilson........ Smart folks.... Oh yeah.......... Hey Hey... smart folks.
  • by no to sanderson farms Location: nash county on Sep 28, 2011 at 08:52 AM
    There are several misconceptions here. The article says dozens came out to protest. It was actually a few hundred. Another misconception is that the protest is against jobs. Not true. Its a protest against a company that wants to dump waste in a protected and critical watershed area that will jeopardize drinking water. Nash officials changed laws and rezoned land (under protest of hundreds) for the purpose of allowing SF to come into a "critical protected watershed". There are no regulations on chicken houses. Its the honor system. If this plant is built, it will no longer be Nash County but Sanderson County-just like in Mississippi.
  • by red Location: Fairfield on Sep 28, 2011 at 05:14 AM
    this is such b.s. the farmers finally get an oppurtunity to sale their grain locally and then someone tries to ruin it
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      by red reply on Sep 28, 2011 at 09:59 AM in reply to red
      actually this will hurt many of the sweet potato farmers in the area....where is fairfield? no worries if this second plant comes in your area will smell like chicken crap too....wind blows
  • by Anonymous on Sep 28, 2011 at 04:38 AM
    I wonder if the people who are hollerin about the plant being bad for the environment drive cars and trucks? They are bad for the environment, building those hybrids are bad for the environment. If people are so worried about what is bad for the environment they should ride bikes instead of cars.
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      by I Fought the Law on Sep 28, 2011 at 05:28 AM in reply to
      It ain't about the environment.....it's about the location! The ringleaders of Wilson just won't tell the truth....that it "may" interfer with Wilson's growth on that side of town. If it's had been located on the east side, NOTHING would have ever been said. Call the Mayor of Wilson and ask him to tell the real story.
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        by you guys! on Sep 28, 2011 at 10:00 AM in reply to I Fought the Law
        this is not about location....i don't even want the chicken slaughter plants anywhere in North Carolina. It will ruin our region forever...in the future - please remember your stand on this, it will come back to haunt you.
  • by I Fought the Law on Sep 28, 2011 at 03:27 AM
    A dozen protesters.....big deal. Most of em are probably Wilson city council members that live out at the country club just down the road. Knock em over with the bulldozer when you break ground.
  • by AntiChickenCluckPerdue on Sep 28, 2011 at 03:18 AM
    People need the jobs!Build the dang blame thing and forget about those liberal extremist pansies.
  • by Anonymous Location: NC on Sep 28, 2011 at 02:43 AM
    Looks like some people think chickens grow on trees,you know,you have the nice smell when they bloom then you just pick if from the tree. I also bet they don't eat chicken. and by the way the chicken farms perduces organact feralizer, thats good for the envronment
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      by RM NATIVE on Sep 28, 2011 at 04:45 AM in reply to
      I wonder what country clubs and formal dinners would do without their chicken wings and other chicken dishes. I am so tired of hearing about them having to smell something unpleasant. They already walk around with their noses in the air and think that their stuff doesn't stink. They forget that there are people in the world less fortunate than them. If they don't want the chicken plant there, then they can put these people to work for fair wages (more than minimum wage) and give them benefits.
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        by rocky mount native on Sep 28, 2011 at 09:57 AM in reply to RM NATIVE
        you are wrong. you will smell the chicken crap too, you are very confused. this plant will kill 1.3 million chickens a WEEK! They will also use a lot of water, you do live in Rocky Mount right? well, then you know we have droughts in this area, they are going to use a lot of water, they are also big polluters.
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          by RM NATIVE on Sep 28, 2011 at 02:54 PM in reply to rocky mount native
          First of all, I am not confused at all. I think that the chicken plant will be good for the county. I am from Rocky Mount, but live near the Greene County hog farms now (chickens are a lot better.) Secondly, you are totally out of the loop. There are droughts everywhere in Eastern NC during the summer and like someone else said, the car that YOU drive is more of a polluter. What does 1.3 millions chickens being killed have to do with anything? Do you think KFC and Bojangles synthetically produce chickens for their restaurants so you have a nice dinner when you go in either?
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        by rocky mount native reply on Sep 29, 2011 at 04:58 AM in reply to RM NATIVE
        you are not confused, you are ignorant. An additional 500 chicken houses in our region, to facilitate the slaughterhouse....plus the 500 that will be needed for the Kinston plant when they get fully operational. The watersheds in this region are Nitrogen sensitive, the chicken poop will put us over the top. What the heck does driving my car have to do with this topic? You drive I assume....
  • by Lee Location: Washington on Sep 28, 2011 at 02:33 AM
    Put the plant up in beaufort county we could use 1100 extra jobs here and we are the chicken eatenest folks around
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      by Anonymous on Sep 28, 2011 at 04:33 AM in reply to Lee
      If yall are the chicken eatenest folks how many chickens are actually gonna make it on the market?
  • by Loris Location: Rocky mount on Sep 28, 2011 at 01:50 AM
    I'm guessu\ing all the people protesting have jobs. There are thousand of people that need and will take these jobs. Let them build there plant and if they don't help the enviroment then fined them closed down.
  • by bubba on Sep 27, 2011 at 09:46 PM
    Yea!! Just what we need, a butt load of low paying jobs that will be filled by migrant workers. This will definitely be a boon for ENC.
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