Walker County residents share concerns over possible chicken plant
WALKER COUNTY, Ga. (WDEF) – Walker County residents voiced their concerns over rumors of a possible chicken plant coming to the McLemore Cove area.
Open discussions after the Walker County Commissioner’s meeting Thursday night quickly shifted to questions, concerns and opposition over what’s going on with a possible plan to bring in a Pilgrim’s Pride plant.
Residents wanted to know more about how the county handles industries coming into the county and why it’s so secretive.
“When the site selector calls they would call me as their primary point of contact for economic development,” Walker County Economic and Community Development Director Robert Wardlaw said. “They call and say hey Mr. Wardlaw I have a company that is interested in something they saw on the internet of a site you have available would you like to talk to me? Sure, I would love to, tell me about the company that you’re representing and then there’s this, there’s the non-disclosure. That’s how that works and it’s all the time everywhere.”
All of this comes on the heels of a lawsuit filed against the county over the matter.
“We want to be proactive and we want to stop this deal before it happens,” McLemore Cove resident Paul Almeter said. “I mean we don’t want Pilgrim’s Pride to purchase a property and then realize man people hate us here, well now we have to sell this property. It’s just much easier to make our voice known now. I mean that’s what this, this lawsuit is about.”
The location where the plant may be built is private property.
Wardlaw said they’re only involved if the company is looking for incentives.