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Official: Fremont chicken plant to begin operating Sept. 3

Posted at 4:10 PM, Aug 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-26 17:10:41-04

FREMONT, Neb. (AP) — A new Costco poultry processing complex on the south side of Fremont will open after Labor Day.

Jessica Kolterman is spokeswoman for Lincoln Premium Poultry, which runs the plant, and she told the Fremont Tribune that operations will begin Sept. 3.

Lincoln Premium Poultry intends to provide Costco with 2 million chickens each week by the time all three shifts are operating. The multimillion-dollar project has been under construction since 2017.

Kolterman says the plant will have around 500 employees hired by the opening. She says operations will begin with a 45-week ramp-up, starting with a first line that gradually will increase speed as kinks are worked out. Once the line is at full speed, the second and third lines will be opened.