New meatpacking and retail sales facility planned

The Sctts Bluff County Commissioners Monday approved a conditional use permit for a meatpacking, retail sales and storage facility halfway between Scottsbluff and Mitchell on the south side of Highway 26.

Derrick Hessler says he and his wife Sara would own the facility and provide USDA approved packaged beef, lamb, and pork that would be for sale to the public. The business will be located on three acres across from the Berean Church with access from the Cook Oil Road south of Highway 26.

Hessler says the facility would employ two full-time people and a part-time worker with a projected opening in June of next year.

The commissioners were also informed by Corrections director Ron Johns of a plan to provide sixteen more beds at the county jail by double-bunking in many of the existing pods. Johns says the additional beds will provide for more revenue at $45 a day, increase the capacity of the jail to 176 and alleviate overcrowding that has forced the outsourcing of inmates to the Dawson County jail in Lexington.

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