A major retailer is finalizing plans for a large production facility in eastern Nebraska.
A $280-million chicken processing operation to be built in Fremont has won final approval from officials at Costco.
The facility will include a feed mill and hatchery in addition to the production factory.
Construction should start soon with a formal groundbreaking scheduled for next month.
Backers of the plant say it’ll be a boon for area chicken farmers though opponents complain the industry treats those farmers like a disposable resource.
The plant should be in operation in April of 2019. Annual economic impact for the region could exceed $1.2 billion.