22 Jun At groundbreaking for Costco chicken plant in Fremont, officials laud project that’s helping ‘grow Nebraska’
By Barbara Soderlin / / World-Herald staff writer Jun 22, 2017
Costco’s chicken processing operation is expected to have a ripple effect in Nebraska’s economy far beyond the cornfield where officials turned ceremonial shovels of dirt Monday morning.
Its estimated $1.2 billion annual economic impact compares to about 1 percent of the state’s economy, Gov. Pete Ricketts told a crowd gathered south of Fremont on the site of the future chicken hatchery, feed mill and processing plant.
“Folks, that’s how we grow Nebraska. It’s projects like this,” he said. Ricketts said the state government has a philosophy of working like a customer service organization to help businesses locate here. He noted “how grateful we are to be able to serve Costco and Lincoln Premium Poultry,” the business managing the operation for Costco.
The project will be among the region’s largest economic engines, said Randy Thelen, senior vice president at the Greater Omaha Economic Development Partnership.Full Story