According to the Greater Wichita Partnership and the Associated Press, Tyson Foods has narrowed their search for the location of a new processing plant to three places in Kansas — and despite the efforts of the Harvey County Economic Development Council Harvey County is not on that list.
The sites are in Cloud County in north-central Kansas, Montgomery County in southeastern Kansas and Sedgwick County in south-central Kansas. Montgomery County proposed a site in Coffeyville.
State Department of Agriculture spokeswoman Heather Lansdowne said Wednesday that 16 communities in Kansas pursued the project, and Tyson narrowed the list to three.
The company has been searching for a new site since it put plans on hold in September for building the plant outside Tonganoxie. Opposition in the northeastern Kansas community of about 5,300 people caused local officials there to back off support for the project. When a proposed project in Leavenworth county was blocked by local officials after protests from the public, Harvey County was one of the first groups to step forward to investigate possibly having the plant located in their area.
"There are about 1,500 jobs at the hourly rate and about 200 jobs that are management salary," said Beth Shelton, director of the Harvey County Economic Development Council. "The jobs are $13.50 to $14.50 per hour. They are good paying jobs with good benefits."
Tyson is looking for between 150 and 200 acres with rail access.
Lansdowne said Tyson will be looking at the potential sites over "the next month or two."
— The Associated Press contributed to this report