A major chicken processing plant is moving forward in eastern Nebraska.
The Lincoln Premium Poultry and Costco site is located on the southeast side of Fremont in Dodge County.
Jessica Kolterman, director of external affairs with Lincoln Premium Poultry, says construction has been going slowly lately, due to the weather.
“This winter has been pretty hard on the project,” Kolterman tells Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KHUB. “Last year, we had a fabulous winter with not a lot of moisture. Of course, the year when we physically start building, it’s some sort of snow event, or ice or wind.”
Despite the weather, Kolterman says the work continues.
“You have excavation work, you have the actual building of, currently, both the feed mill and the processing facility, and then we’re going to be adding on the building of the hatchery,” she says. “You also have road and infrastructure development, and engineering and surveying that’s going on to support all of those activities.”
She says the plant in Fremont is still on schedule to begin operations in mid-2019.
Most hiring is expected to begin in about a year, which Kolterman calls the “big ramp up.”
“In the meantime, we probably will add, I would say, between 30 to 50 people, who will probably be very specific, industry type jobs,” she explains, “but if there’s someone who’s interested in working for us, we’re happy to take those resumes.”
It also is not too late for farmers to become part of the major chicken processing operation.
“There’s still room for growers,” Kolterman says. “A lot of people have said, ‘Oh, I heard you’re full.’ No, we’re not. We have a lot of interest and a lot of excitement, but we still have that opportunity.”
Chris Walz, KHUB in Fremont, contributed to this report.