Sedgwick County a finalist for new Tyson processing plant

October 19, 2017 - 4:30 am

WICHITA, Kan. - Tyson has narrowed its location choices for a new $320 million dollar chicken-processing plant, and Sedgwick County is one of the finalists.

On Wednesday, Tyson announced that Sedgwick County, Cloud County and an unknown third location were selected as finalists for a new processing plant that could bring in an estimated 1,600 new jobs to whoever lands it.

Tyson was orignally planning to build the new plant near Tonganoxie, but those plans were put on hold by fierce opposition from nearby residents.

Heather Lansdowne, Communications Director for the Kansas Department of Agriculture, says that in addition to the new jobs created, many other people will benefit from the new facility including the grain sales for farmers who are growing grain for the poultry as well as farmers who will raise the poultry as part of the growers network.

The location of the plant in Sedgwick County, pending final approval, would be somewhere in southwest Wichita. Lansdowne says the time frame for announcing a winner could take a couple of months as Tyson goes through the process of giving each finalist due consideration.

Sources say that local leaders could meet as soon as Friday to discuss potential plans for the plant.

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