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COSTCO STILL PURSUING PLANS FOR POULTRY PLANT IN NEBRASKA AFTER LAW SUIT

Costco is still continuing to plan and operate a new chicken plant in South Nebraska, even after the City of Fremont faced a lawsuit submitted by residents regarding the plant. Residents claimed that the city council broke the law by calling fruitful farmland “blighted and substandard” just for the purpose of opening up a chicken plant.
The company is still trying to get the appropriate permits from the city. The city is still reviewing the application and has not made a final decision yet. Costco is hoping to start the construction of the plant in 2017 but may need a few more permits from the state that have not yet been submitted. The state may require permits for emission and water discharge. The department held an informal meeting in order to discuss the types of permits they may need in order to go through with their plans.
Costco wants to control more of its supply chain which is an unusual step for a grocery retailer. It has plans to provide its Midwestern locations with chicken by building poultry plant in Nebraska and establishing a network with poultry growers in Nebraska. This will allow them to lower prices and give their customers a better value. The plant will be operated a third party company based in Georgia called Lincoln Poultry Plant.
The residents of the area are opposed to the idea of having a plant in the area mostly because of the water and air pollution factors. The residents also think it will be unfair to farmers and that it hold a financial risk. Costco CEO has responded by stating that are an eco-friendly company and that the plant will provide about a 1,000 new jobs.

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