The commission for Cumberland County, North Carolina, on February 16 voted 4-3 to offer a $2.5 million incentive package to Sanderson Farms, which had hopes of building a poultry processing plant in the county.
Meanwhile, a similar incentives package was approved by the Robeson County Board of Commissioners, also in North Carolina. While Robeson County had earlier been identified as a possible site for the potential Sanderson Farms plant, Robeson County officials did not disclose to which company it was offering the incentives, identifying the vote simply as “Project Apple.”
Cumberland County had earlier denied incentives to Sanderson Farms, but after the election in November 2014 changed the membership of the commission, and after hearing that Sanderson would not pursue Cumberland County after the incentives were initially denied, the commission revisited the issue.
The measure in Cumberland County passed by a 4-3 vote, while Robeson County’s Project Apple passed by a 5-1 vote.
Cumberland County’s vote follows a February 2 public hearing on whether to offer the incentives to Sanderson Farms. The hearing drew both proponents and opponents.
The Cumberland County site being considered for the $95 million Sanderson Farms plant is in the currently vacant Cedar Creek Business Center in the community of Fayetteville.