US-based retailer Costco has broken ground on a $300m chicken processing facility in Fremont, US that is expected to generate overall $1.2bn in economic activity in Nebraska.
Touted to be Costco’s first-ever poultry processing plant, hatchery, and feed mill facility, the new plant known as the Lincoln Premium Poultry facility is scheduled to commence operations in April 2019.
Once completed, the project will create nearly 800 new jobs, and connect Costco to a dedicated network of producers in eastern Nebraska.
The new facility will use the latest technology to process approximately two million chickens per week for sale in Costco stores throughout the country.
Costco director of strategic planning and development Jonathan Luz said: “We are eager to continue our work with the community, officials at all levels, our trusted construction partners, and with everyone else involved in order to make this business something that Fremont, Nebraska and Costco can truly be proud to be part of.”
Greater Omaha Chamber senior vice president of economic development Randy Thelen said: “This facility is going to be state-of-the-art, using the most advanced technology in the world, adding a broad array of jobs to the region’s workforce. Our community is gaining a new economic engine whose positive impact will extend throughout the region.”