Costco/LPP chicken plant in Nebraska on schedule for September start-up
Construction of the Costco/Lincoln Premium Poultry (LPP) chicken plant in eastern Nebraska was not impacted by the recent flooding, according to LPP CEO Walt Shafer.
“I’m happy to report that all of our facilities in Fremont did not have any water in them or any water damage,” Shafer says.
The plant is still on schedule for a September 3rd start-up, Schafer says, but it will take some time to reach full production. “We’re not starting it at full speed. It’s based on a 45-week ramp-up from essentially start to full production.”
Shafer says 90 of the anticipated 500 chicken barns are currently built or under some form of construction, with many more scheduled to start this spring.
“We’re getting ready to start what I call Phase 2 of our construction with our growers,” he says. “We’re going to be very, very busy there, scheduling these farmers in and getting their houses built, to meet our ramp-up schedule starting in September.”
Shafer spoke with Brownfield last week at the grand opening of three new pullet barns on the Borg farm near Allen, Nebraska.
AUDIO: Walt Shafer