State officials hope to find another Kansas site for Tyson chicken plant

Carla Harmon
September 22, 2017

"We saw this shared investment, and the $150 million in annual economic impact it would have, as a win for the company and the people of Leavenworth County".

This announcement came just a day after the Leavenworth County Commission voted to revoke a bond support resolution for the plant.

The Topeka Chamber of Commerce told 13 NEWS when the Tonganoxie project was announced that it was "highly likely" they made a pitch for the plant, since they regularly work on projects of its size and scope.

"We still have interest in Leavenworth County, but will prioritize the other locations in Kansas and other states that have expressed support", wrote Doug Ramsey, president of Tyson's poultry business, in the letter, as transcribed by the Kansas City Star. "I feel like right now they're giving us a shot". It's important to the future of our company and our ability to serve our customers. ALLISON LONG along Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback spoke during an announcement September 5 in the Brunswick Ballroom in Tonganoxie of a Tyson Foods chicken processing plant coming to the city.

Holland said some residents were anxious that building the new plant would bring a variety of health concerns including foul smells.

In Tuesday's letter, Tyson's Ramsey said state and local leaders invited Tyson to Kansas and encouraged the company to consider Leavenworth County.

"Any community that has had value-added food processing of some sort and understands the benefit it brings, that's going to be a positive", McClaskey said.

Last month Tyson Foods invested $84 million into its poultry plant in Union City, which the company says will create more than 300 factory jobs. The plant would have employed 1,600 workers and processed 1.25 million birds each week.

Holland said at least one county commissioner was feeling the heat from the public.

It was anticipated to start production in mid-2019, the company said. Citizens Against Project Sunset (CAPS) released a statement on September 20 saying it's "urging vigilance among its supporters".

"This is a good project that we are deeply passionate about", Ramsey said in the letter.

"We're missing out on a significant economic impact on the state economy and growth to the agricultural base that we have in the state", Jordan said.

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