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Chicken processor eyes Cumberland site for plant

Posted July 16

— Sanderson Farms officials confirmed Wednesday that they are considering a Cumberland County site for a new chicken processing plant.

The company is looking at building a plant in Cedar Creek Business Center, a county-owned, 480-acre industrial park off Cedar Creek Road east of Interstate 95 that has had trouble attracting tenants since it opened in 2007.

A Sanderson plant would bring 1,000 jobs to the area, and the company would contract with 80 chicken farms in a five-county area to supply the plant, officials said.

Some nearby property owners said they are concerned about the environmental impact of a chicken plant, saying they don't want noxious smells and the potential that waste could contaminate groundwater.

County commissioners said they had similar reservations until they visited a Sanderson plant in Kinston, which they described as clean and state-of-the-art.

Two years ago, intense opposition from residents prompted Sanderson to drop plans for a processing plant in Nash County.

Mississippi-based Sanderson is the third-largest chicken processor in the U.S. Company officials said they are months away from deciding whether to build in Cumberland County.

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  • golfprincess Jul 17, 1:17 p.m.

    If you want to stop eating chicken (or any kind of meat), go visit a processing plant. It is horrible.

  • Jump1 Jul 17, 12:29 p.m.

    Why not go to Raeford there is a plant already there to buy.

  • Reformed Liberal Jul 17, 10:31 a.m.

    If you don't want it in your back yard, don't eat chicken.

  • sunshine1040 Jul 17, 10:18 a.m.

    The people in the county want the jobs The city wants the taxes but the folks in Grays Creek do not want more traffic,smells or property values to go up

  • Anita Woody Jul 17, 10:11 a.m.

    Sanderson Farms' plants are the facilities continuously being the source for the ecoli and salmonella outbreaks.

  • miseem Jul 17, 10:02 a.m.

    Just the kind of jobs we need. I'm sure they will have a line up of legal workers and American citizens wanting those jobs on the processing floor. State of the art or not, chicken processing is not easy or pleasant work and pays very poorly.