Some residents of eastern Dodge County are up-in-arms about a proposed poultry processing plant that would be located in the Fremont or Hooper area. Randy Rupert is a spokesperson for Nebraska Communities United and says they are tired of the secrecy of this entire development. Rupert says residents learned about the project by word of mouth, no forum or announcement was made so they started doing research on their own.
Rupert says the company itself is Crider Foods based in Georgia and says they have a sketchy past of hiring illegal immigrants and there have been questions about their illegal dumping of waste products. Rupert says they have contacted the Fremont Community Development Center and the Dodge County Board of Supervisors to get more information on the proposed plant. He is also upset residents were excluded from an “invitation only” meeting on Sunday.
Rupert says, “No, they are not talking to us and will not talk to use. We’ve reached out to the Greater Fremont Community Development Center, Scott Getzchman, the mayor of Fremont and the Dodge County Board of Supervisors. If you look at the photographs yesterday of the invitees you will notice Dodge County Supervisors in attendance there.” He says the community deserves answers.
Fremont Mayor Scott Getzschman says that meeting was basically for the media so they could ask questions and get the information out on the table. He says it makes sense to have an agriculture based business in an agricultural community.
Mayor Getzschman says, “It is a wonderful opportunity for the agriculture industry of Dodge County and eastern Nebraska. When completed would provide a $1.2-billion yearly and provides an opportunity for the rural farmers and the farm network to have their farm families diversify to have jobs available for the youth of today and come bac and work on the farm.”
Details from the meeting revealed the actual companies name would be Lincoln Premium Poultry which is connected to Crider Foods. The process poultry would go to Costco. If approved the facility would invest $180-million in capital and create 1,100 jobs.