The Greater Fremont Development Council in Nebraska announced April 14 that Costco Wholesale Corp. has selected the Greater Fremont area in Dodge County, Neb., as a preferred site to construct a state-of-the-art poultry processing plant.
“We are delighted that Costco is strongly considering the Greater Fremont area and Dodge County for its new facility,” Greater Fremont Development Council executive director Cecilia Harry said. “Costco has an excellent reputation as a responsible American corporation. This poultry operation would be an economic boost to the region, providing jobs, economic diversity for family farms and an opportunity for younger farmers to stay in the area.”
The facility would create 1,100 new jobs, invest $180 million in capital in the region and provide the Greater Fremont/Dodge County area with an additional tax base of $63 million.
Costco representatives would work directly with local farmers to provide locally raised poultry, which would result in expanded economic growth and diversity for the area, the council said. The established farmer network with 75-100 growers would bring an additional $136 million in capital investment to the rural economy. Area corn and soybean growers would also benefit.
“There is more due diligence to be completed by Costco representatives, and there will be a number of open public meetings to discuss the project,” Harry said. “Costco representatives also will reach out to interested growers throughout the region to discuss details of the grower network.”