DeHaan remains optimistic despite public concerns

Future Food Energy, LLC General manager Keith DeHaan remains optimistic a proposed meatpacking plant can be built in Scottsbluff and will succeed despite some of the concerns at public forums.

DeHaan maintains the company's business model involving Asian investors and local cattleman providing quality beef to underserved markets in Asia will work. But DeHaan said after Wednesday's public forum that convincing concerned residents what he is proposing will be different than places like Lexington has been difficult. But he believes given a chance to succeed, the plant can be successful.

DeHaan says he wants to employ as many local people as possible. But with a South Korean base of investors, he will be recruiting Korean Americans, who he contends will will be able to acclimate themselves to the community.

The company plans to hire 250 people initially, eventually ramping up to as many as 550 people in five to seven years.

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