DEV GROUP OPPOSES SB BEEF PLANT

Posted 10 months ago

By John Axtell

TCD logoThe Twin Cities Development Corporation has come out against a beef packing plant proposed for the east side of Scottsbluff on property owned by the city.

Board President Steve Reisig told the Scottsbluff City Council last night that the TCD board had voted unanimously to recommend that the city not become involved in the project.

Reising, who had spoken individually against the beef plant proposal from a South Korean company, said the board is concerned that the company, Future Food Energy or F2E, is undercapitalized and hasn’t provided enough verifiable information about its foreign investors.

Other TCD concerns include an unrealistic business plan, the high turnover rate of the packing industry, recruitment of employees, the single-use nature of the facility, and historic lows in cattle production.

The TCD board recommendation is just one of many that the Scottsbluff city council plans to consider before deciding whether to allow F2E to purchase city-owned property as the plant site.

The project gets a public hearing next Monday before the Scottsbluff Planning Commission since the proposed site would need to be rezoned from light manufacturing…where beef processing is not allowed…to heavy industrial.

City Manager Rick Kuckkahn emphasizes that sending the issue to the planning commission isn’t an endorsement of either the rezoning or the plant, but simply a way to allow more public input and clarify more facets of the proposal.