Beef processing facility proposed for Scottsbluff

An Asian based firm interested in locating a beef processing facility on a Scottsbluff industrial site will make a presentation before the Scottsbluff city council Monday evening. Scottsbluff City Manager Rick Kuckkahn says the firm has submitted a letter indicating they would like to purchase 43 acres in a industrial site on the eastern end of the community southwest of Frank Implement along Highway 26.

Rawnda Pierce with Twin Cities Development says the project will not be all Asian investors. There will be local investment in the project along with cattle producers from Nebraska, Wyoming and Colorado that will also have ownership in the project.

Kuckkahn says the $10,000 per acre offer is consistent with what the council wants for the parcel. Kuckkahn says while the letter does not speak to the number of employees at the plant, it does indicate a plan to slaughter at full production in 3 or 4 years 1,500 head of cattle per day using simply one shift of workers.

Kuckkahn says the operation will be completely enclosed and federal regulations dictate standards for odor, dust, and other environmental concerns.

Kuckkahn says his recommendation will be to have the L.B. 840 committee consider the pros and cons of the facility. He says there will also be time for the public to comment, and for staff to look at the impacts on housing, Police, Fire, water, and other city services.

He says the city council will not be making any decision Monday.

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