19 May Costco gives green light for construction of Fremont chicken plant
By Barbara Soderlin / World-Herald staff writer May 14, 2017
Costco’s corporate office has given the go-ahead for construction of the company’s planned poultry operation in Fremont.
Site work could begin in a few weeks, and project managers plan a ceremonial groundbreaking for June, they told The World-Herald on Wednesday.
Plans for the plant drew heated opposition from some area residents in a series of Fremont city meetings last year. The plant is now projected to open in April 2019. It would process 1.6 million chickens a week for retail sale in Costco’s warehouse stores. Economic development officials touted its potential impact.
Costco would invest about $280 million to build a processing plant, hatchery and feed mill complex. A network of area farmers would raise chickens to be slaughtered there, a system that would generate about $1.2 billion in annual economic impact for eastern Nebraska, backers said.Full Story