Kuckkahn: Meat packing firm will be "transparent" about plans

City Manager Rick Kuckkahn says an Asian-based firm interested in purchasing 43 acres in a Scottsbluff industrial site to construct a beef processing facility will be "transparent" about their plans.

Council members will hear a presentation from Future Food Energy LLC officials Monday evening about the firm's letter of intent to purchase the 43 acres for $10,000 an acre and build a 358,000 square foot meat processing plant. The letter states a start-up workforce of 250 people is anticipated, with as many as 550 people employed in three years, although they are willing to undertake a slower ramp-up to accommodate worker availability. Kuckkahn says the completely enclosed plant intends to slaughter 1,500 head per day using simply one shift of workers.

Kuckkahn says the public will have a chance to provide input through meetings and other presentations.

Kuckkahn says he does not anticipate a decision by the council Monday on the company's offer because it has to consider the impact of the plant on city services. Cattle producers from Nebraska, Wyoming and Colorado are part owners in the project.

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