Nash County outlines incentives for chicken plant

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NASHVILLE, N.C. — Some Nash County residents are still worried about a proposed chicken processing plant that would employee 1,100 workers.

The county commission agreed Tuesday to meet with a University of North Carolina expert before making a final decision on incentives for the plant. Epidemiology professor Steve Wing has researched occupational and environmental impacts of industrial animal production.

The incentive package would give Sanderson Farms land valued at $1.2 million and annual cash payments worth nearly 40 percent of the property taxes paid by the company on all buildings, improvements and equipment each year for 15 years.

The company will invest $91 million and create 1,100 jobs within two years.

The city of Wilson and concerned landowners sued Nash County to try to block the plant, but a court rejected the challenge.

Credit: The Associated Press.