Proposed Beef Processing Plant Now Looking at Locations Outside Scottsbluff


A proposed Scottsbluff beef processing plant is looking at other location possibilities following negative reactions towards the plan.

Mayor Randy Meininger said Thursday at a City Council budget workshop that the Future Food Energy plant developers are looking to locate elsewhere, including nearby Gering.

Questions about financing, doubts raised by some city residents and negative reactions from the city Planning Commission and the area's economic development agency were cited for the plant developers' decision.

The nonprofit Twin Cities Development Corporation says it supports economic development that creates jobs in the area, but does not support the Future Food Energy plant.

Twin Cities board president Steve Reisig has said that his group is worried that Future Food Energy's business plan to focus on the South Korean market is unrealistic.

According to Keith DeHaan of Future Food Energy, the plan investors are in South Korea. He says they're looking for a higher quality beef than what is generally sold in the United States. He says the investors want to construct their own beef processing plant to maintain control over the product and the plant culture.

Future Food Energy had offered to buy 43 acres of city land for $10,000 an acre.

Company plans include an initial workforce of about 350 people that could grow to 600 people at peak production.