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Nash commissioners back controversial chicken plant

Posted March 5, 2012
Updated August 28, 2012

— The Nash County Board of Commissioners voted 5-2 Monday to support a proposed chicken processing plant that has created a bitter battle over the economy and the environment.

Although Sanderson Farms hasn't yet committed to building its next North Carolina plant in Nash County, the company purchased 26 acres in December near the intersection of N.C. Highways 97 and 58, a few miles north of the Nash-Wilson county line.

Supporters say the plant would create more than 1,000 jobs in an area where the unemployment rate was 11.4 percent in December.

"I think we all realize the need for jobs in the area. I think this whole issue has gotten very emotional, but we do need jobs here and we have the workforce to staff it," said Frank Harrison, chairman of the Carolinas Gateway Partnership, an economic development agency for Nash and Edgecombe counties.

Rocky Mount City Councilman Andre Knight spoke in favor of the plant during a public hearing the commissioners held before voting on the resolution.

"I believe anytime a man or woman can get up in the morning and go to work and punch a clock, that's a decent job, that's an honest job," Knight said.

Opponents said, however, that the county risks contaminating area water supplies and creating an environmental hazard by allowing the plant to open.

"A million chickens don't belong in any location," resident Lois Ridgeway told commissioners.

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Wilson has sued to block the proposed plant, alleging that it could threaten the city's drinking water supply.

The mayors of several area towns plan to meet next week to discuss possible legislation to prevent Sanderson Farms for locating in Nash County.

"We have great concerns and are appalled there is no concern for the quality of life for our citizens," Sims Mayor Dana Hewett said. "We understand that water supplies could be affected all the way to the coast if Sanderson Farms locates in Nash County."

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  • hooter483 Mar 7, 3:51 p.m.

    RM24, no one said factory workers were bad, neither did anyone say that folks who shop at The Dollar General store are bad, what you fail to hear is...our Nash County Commisioners are trying to sell the residents of Nash County a stinking bill of goods while they make friends with influential folks or benefit in some other manner and we the citizens get saddled with paying for their mistakes and greed. The rest of my comments will be made in the voting booth and in supporting everyone who runs against the Commisioners that keep voting to bring Sanderson Farms into our neighborhood. So YEAH.....NIMBY!!!

  • RM24 Mar 7, 11:57 a.m.

    If Nash County had not specifically cut a sweetheart deal with Sanderson Farms why are they not marketing this property to other business ventures? hooter483

    Or other business ventures meaning subdivisions? That benifit who? The land owner? The contractor? Assuming the sell for profit. That's a pretty small list to benifit. What makes factory workers bad people? Do you have a clue what made this country? It was not golf courses. I was not big chain stores. If your against no or dirty water what's being done to clean up waterways near you now? Does that bother you that trash is piled up all down the Tar River? Or the thought of common folk shopping at a dollar general the main thing that just makes you "gasp"?

  • RM24 Mar 7, 11:28 a.m.

    RM24, oh you have a farm...well there you go...
    hooter483

    I own about 60 acres that is leased to a farmer who grows cotton and beans/corn in Nash Co yes. Guess you hate farmers also? Living in rural Nash Co. And gonna try to degrade farming? I do have a home withing a half mile of Nash co. Very close to where plant is. People know the real reason anyone is against the plant. Mostly money, but jealousy plays a part also. And the other part is people want to live in the country but only want a country club deputaunt atmosphere. People who are against farming abd slaughter houses must feel funny when you eat breakfast/lunch/supper. Maybe one day steaks/bacon/chicken wings will grow on trees in vinyards with ya wine.

  • RM24 Mar 7, 11:21 a.m.

    If Nash County had not specifically cut a sweetheart deal with Sanderson Farms why are they not marketing this property to other business ventures?
    hooter483

    So you upset they made a good deal to get jobs?

  • hooter483 Mar 7, 10:24 a.m.

    RM24, oh you have a farm...well there you go...

  • hooter483 Mar 7, 10:20 a.m.

    RM24, are you a Nash County resident? I am and as many of my fellow neighbors we do not mind business coming to the area, but it has to be done in the light of day. This property deal has the same stink that the processing plant, hatchery and grow house will have. If Nash County had not specifically cut a sweetheart deal with Sanderson Farms why are they not marketing this property to other business ventures?

  • RM24 Mar 7, 10:02 a.m.

    With more unskilled labor moving into the area to take the plant jobs, and more families living just at the near the poverty level, there will be more crime.
    If the shoe fits....

    Are you so arrogant and "good" to feel those "factory" workers commit more crime? You money makes you better than them huh? If the county has the number of illegals it has now why would more have to move here? Why not do something about all the issues before now? Do you care what anyone else goes thru? The answer is NO unless it effects your dollar!

  • RM24 Mar 7, 9:56 a.m.

    RM24, do you live near the planned site or even in Nash County? Since you appear to support this planned site why don't you just buy my "mudhole mansion" I will make you a great deal and you can enjoy the results.
    hooter483

    I don't live very far from there. Less than 5 miles. I also have a farm in the area. But what I'm really for is helping others. Not keeping willing people from working. We have enough that don't want to work. I am sick of seeing people assume because people don't have money or shop in a dollar general then they will commit crimes or are below you. YOU deserve NO more than me or them. ALL most care about is how much money it will cost them. You KNOW the water issues will be solved. But that's how you hide your arrogance and better than the common man attitute is with this "oh were not gonna have water". YOUR/MY area is FULL of Hispanics now. This will not be so devastating and the whining says.

  • doubletap357 Mar 7, 9:30 a.m.

    So the question is if not there...where? They are certainly needed to provide food for the people of this nation. Where can they be put where somebody won't be griping about them?

  • hooter483 Mar 7, 8:18 a.m.

    RM24, do you live near the planned site or even in Nash County? Since you appear to support this planned site why don't you just buy my "mudhole mansion" I will make you a great deal and you can enjoy the results.

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