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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  • by John Location: Duplin County on Apr 26, 2011 at 05:48 AM
    Nash County Folks; take a trip to northern Duplin County (Home of Carolina Turkey / Butterball) and ask the residents there if they would recommend the same for you. I am a lifelong resident of Duplin County and when the Turkey Plant was being built; it was all roses. Come and look at the impact it has had on the community and schools. In my opinion, it has hurt the area greatly. Yes it is a great looking facility, but that's all it is. Yes there are some locals that work there; but there is a far greater number of people from outside the area that the county taxpayers must support with our social services and impact on the schools. All I can saw is; come and see, talk with the area's people.
  • by Col. Sanders Location: Kentucky on Apr 26, 2011 at 04:02 AM
    Way to go Wilson, you'll have some clean water but no jobs. Guess they like the desolate look of Ward Blvd. these days so let them decay over there.
  • by obamanot on Apr 26, 2011 at 03:38 AM
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      by Native on Apr 26, 2011 at 11:00 AM in reply to obamanot
      HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!! Now that was funny!
  • by Anonymous on Apr 26, 2011 at 03:36 AM
    selfish selfish people DO YOU KNOW HOW MANY JOBS THIS COULD CREATE?
  • by Darryl Location: Kinston on Feb 25, 2011 at 08:27 AM
    Larry- Your statement is an absolutely LIE!! I've been out to Sanderson Farms quite a few times to do work in the building for my company. With the kind of work I do I work inside a lot of buidings and I can tell you that Sanderson Farms is one of the nicest cleanest facilities i've been in. Your statement about the employees not being local is a factual lie. More than 90percent of the employees are local, I've talked to many of them and from what they tell me, their glad that Sanderson Farms came to Kinston to provide jobs. Oh and by the way that plant DOES NOT stink! It is a very well kept plant and the facilities are very clean so STOP spreading your lies. Your obviously in over your head on this one and you have no idea what your talking about. The majority of the employees there are black and white. As far as the well drying up from water? Well that's such an ignorant statement im not even going to respond to that one.
  • by Larry Location: Nash Co. on Feb 25, 2011 at 07:36 AM
    Sanderson Farms wants to build a stinkin, fly infested business in the middle of hundreds of residences.Dig wells to supply themselves 1.2 million gals. of water per day. They employ almost no local people. What will we do for water when our wells dry up?
  • by anonymous on Feb 25, 2011 at 06:56 AM
    This is fine, folks. Just eat less chicken. More quinoa. It is better for you, too. You want to eat sometihng? Be prepared to have it in your backyard. Or pay to have the Chinese deliver it here for you. Your choice.
  • by John Location: Washington on Feb 25, 2011 at 02:52 AM
    James, ever think that the environmentalist are being funded by OPEC??
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      by Fact Bringer on Apr 26, 2011 at 12:08 PM in reply to John
      John is onto something, systemically.
  • by James Location: New Bern on Feb 24, 2011 at 04:59 PM
    John Location: Washington ... that's too easy, makes too much sense. If obuma had started drilling for oil as soon as he took office, we'd be pumping domestic oil right NOW ! The whole environmental movement is crazy. I read that an oil company has been in the process of obtaining permits to drill in shallow oil off the coast of Alaska now for 5 YEARS !! Still no permits. 50 miles away foreign countries are in the same waters drilling away. It's idiotic !
  • by John Location: Washington on Feb 24, 2011 at 02:50 PM
    "because of higher grain prices and the very tight supply of corn"...ETHANOL!!!! See people. Drill OUR 2040 year supply of oil that was recently discovered.Light Sweet Grade.Can be pulled for as low as $16.00 a barrel.Then the cost of corn (Grain) and everything else would come down.
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