Kansas Secretary of Agriculture Jackie McClaskey is disappointed that Tyson Foods is examining sites beyond the northeastern Kansas town of Tonganoxie to build a new poultry complex, but she seemed encouraged that leaders from other Kansas communities would like the company to build there.
McClaskey told the Kansas City Star that as of the morning of September 20, more than a dozen Kansas communities have contacted the state about having Tyson Foods build a $320 million poultry complex in their vicinity.
Tyson Foods had initially planned to build the complex in Tonganoxie in Leavenworth County. However, the Leavenworth County Commission voted on September 18 to rescind a resolution of intent to provide up to $500 million worth of industrial revenue bonds to support the project. Later that day, Tyson Foods issued an open letter to the Leavenworth County community, in which it revealed it was putting plans to build in Tonganoxie on hold and would consider other locations – both inside and outside of Kansas.
McClaskey did not identify the communities that expressed an interest in a Tyson Foods poultry complex, but she did say, “they’re getting ready, so to speak, to put their names forward.”
In the open letter, which was signed by Tyson Foods Poultry Group President Doug Ramsey, Tyson Foods revealed that it had more than 5,700 employees in Kansas and that the company was a good corporate citizen in the communities where its six Kansas facilities are located.
Tyson Foods says plans for new Kansas poultry plant 'on hold'
Mobile & Apps Tonganoxie City Council member, Curtis Oroke (right), talked to protesters after an announcement on Sept. 5 in Tonganoxie of a Tyson Foods chicken processing plant coming to the city. Now the plan is “on hold.” ALLISON LONG firstname.lastname@example.org Tonganoxie City Council member, Curtis Oroke (right), talked to protesters after an announcement on Sept. 5 in Tonganoxie of a Tyson Foods chicken processing plant coming to the city.