WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – KSN News has confirmed Tyson has chosen Sedgwick, Cloud, and Montgomery counties as three finalists, in Kansas, for a new $320 million chicken-processing plant. The plant is expected to bring 1,600 jobs to whoever lands it. KSN’s John Asebes has confirmed it through sources in both counties.
“We are pleased that Tyson sees what we’ve always known: North Central Kansas is an ideal location for big agriculture projects,” said CloudCorp Executive Director Ashley Hutchinson said. “We will be working diligently with our community leaders, citizens and farmers to fully explore this project and find a way to make it work for us.”
The Greater Wichita Partnership released this statement Wednesday afternoon, “Sedgwick County has been identified as one of three finalists for a potential opportunity with Tyson. We are always open to welcoming new businesses and opportunities to our area and look forward to a dialogue with the company. This is the next phase in the process and will require due diligence and research for both parties as we share more about what makes this a great place to grow a business, and learn more about how this business fits into our community. We will continue to work with other stakeholders throughout this region to offer a consolidated consortium to the company. However, it is important to remember that no decisions have been made at this time. We are excited to continue with this process and discuss this potential project with Tyson.”
When Tyson announced it was expanding and needed a new plant, president and CEO, Tom Hayes, said in a September statement: We believe this new operation, which will incorporate the latest production technology, will enable us to meet the sustained growth in consumer demand for fresh chicken.”
Tyson was planning to build the plant near Tonganoxie but put those plans on hold after fierce opposition from nearby residents. On Sept. 19, the Leavenworth County Commission rescinded an offer for $500 million in industrial bonds for the plant because of the opposition. Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration had pledged an undisclosed amount of tax breaks to persuade Tyson to locate south of Tonganoxie.
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