FREMONT, Neb. - Company and public officials have scheduled several special public meetings to discuss issues surrounding a proposed chicken plant in Fremont.
The Fremont Tribune reports that the meetings on June 20 and 21, June 27 and 28 will include official business regarding annexation and zoning changes. Costco Wholesale and other officials will be on hand to answer questions.
The retailer is working with Lincoln Premium Poultry, a Georgia chicken processor, to build and operate a plant to provide poultry for Costco stores.
Opponents have raised concerns about low wages, corporate livestock ownership and the potential for diseases such as avian flu. They also cite the potential impact on schools, housing and roads. Backers have said the plant would create 1,100 new jobs and provide other financial benefits to the area.