Controversial poultry plant gaining support

February 22, 2011 4:50:46 PM PST
There is new support for a controversial poultry plant in Nash County.Business leaders have launched a new advertising campaign pushing for Sanderson Farms.

The organization is in response to big opposition of the plant.

The poultry plant would be built along NC-97 in Nash County. Signs posted by opponents near the location of the proposed Sanderson chicken plant shows they want everyone to know they think the idea stinks.

"We already got two chicken houses down here and they don't normally smell that bad until you open the doors and air them out, and that's pretty bad," plant opponent Al Perry said. "So, I take it that a slaughterhouse might be a little worse."

Not true, say those on the other side -- citing a mid-summer visit to a similar plant down south.

"We walked all the way around the plant; there was no smell at all," one supporter said.

Meanwhile, there are new signs promoting jobs that the plant could provide -- idle for people who need the work.

"Eleven hundred jobs, $100 million initial investment, $5.5 billion over 10 years of economic impact, a $1.5 million weekly payroll," said Skip Carney with NEW NC JOBS.

But there's an organized pushback against the plant, which includes the City of Wilson and some local residents.

They say waste produced by the plant could negatively affect Wilson's groundwater and put existing jobs that depend on clean water in jeopardy.

However, plant boosters disagree.

"NEW NC JOBS believes we need to seize this opportunity, help put Nash, Edgecombe and Wilson back to work," Carney said.

Both sides have their arguments posted online.

Click here for more about NEW NC Jobs

Click here to read more about Wilson's stance

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