US - US poultry processor Sanderson Farms is looking to build a new processing plant in North Carolina for a potentially new chicken processing plant.
A company spokesman said Sanderson Farms based in Laurel, Mississippi, is building a new plant in Palestine, Texas, and is always evaluating other sites for growth in its business.
He confirmed a Fayetteville Observer report that Sanderson Farms was considering whether to build a processing plant employing more than 1,000 people at Cumberland County's owned Cedar Creek Business Center.
Almost two years ago, the company abandoned its plans to build a plant in Nash County amid opposition and pending lawsuits seeking to block the project.
Sanderson Farms is the third largest poultry producer in the US, with more than $2.6 billion in sales last year.
Public officials in Fayetteville, as well as the economic development recruiter for the Fayetteville Regional Chamber, said they cannot comment about prospective new industry until companies are ready to go public.
There is speculation that Sanderson Farms may announce its decision within the next three months.
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