Beef processing proposal referred to L.B. 840 committee for examination

The Scottsbluff city council Monday night referred a proposal by a company interested in purchasing 43 acres for a beef processing plant to the L.B. 840 Committee for an examination of the pros and cons of the proposal. The council also wants the city's Planning Commission to review zoning issues associated with the request.

Fuyture Food Energy LLC wants to construct a 358,000 square-foot facility on the east side of the community with a start-up work force of 250 people with as many as 550 people employed in three years. However, Company spokesperson Keith DeHaan said they are willing to undertake a slower ramp-up to accommodate worker availability.

DeHaan says the company wants to be a "good neighbor" and will try to address any environmental, worker or city service concerns.

Area cattle producer Pete Lapaseotes of Bridgeport told council members this company offers premiums for producing the quality kind of cattle raised here that other big processing companys don't offer. He also said he and other area producers had toured the company's Aberdeen, South Dakota facility and found it to be a nice, clean indoor facility with no smell, dust or flies.

Both the company and the council stressed there will be plenty of opportunities for public input before the project would move forward.

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