Cumberland officials can't agree on incentives plan for chicken plant
Posted September 16, 2014
Fayetteville, N.C. — An incentives package to attract a chicken processing plant and an estimated 1,000 jobs to Cumberland County is on hold, officials said Tuesday.
Sanderson Farms is looking at building a $113 million plant in the Cedar Creek Business Center, a county-owned 480-acre industrial park east of Interstate 95. In addition to the jobs at the plant, the company would contract with about 80 chicken farms in a five-county area to supply the plant.
Residents who live nearby have been vocal against building the plant, however, citing concerns about the smell, noise, pollution and potential water contamination that might be associated with it.
Board of Commissioners members Charles Evans and Marshall Faircloth said the board didn't have enough votes at a Monday night meeting to move forward on an incentives package for Sanderson.
Sanderson spokesman Bob Billingsley said that the company isn't deterred by the lack of action on incentives, and engineers continue to evaluate the Cumberland County property before make a final decision in October or November on whether to build the plant.