FREMONT – Anyone who drives around the construction site of the Costco plant will not only see the feed mill but also the beginnings of the next piece of the project.
According to Jessica Kolterman with External Affairs construction has started on the processing plant. She says once that is complete construction will then start on the hatchery. She adds since they pushed back the completion date due to heavy rain in the fall, everything since has been on track with their new timeline.
“From what I understand everything is on schedule. Last fall there was a really heavy rain period, and that caused some delays,” said Kolterman. “But I moved our date back slightly, then. And now we’re on track. They’re working and working and we’re excited. We’re starting to see the outline of the building and realizing that, six to eight months from now, we’ll be able to walk inside.”
Kolterman says every day they continue to receive calls from area farmers interested in becoming growers. She says soon they’ll be making their way onto the agendas of the Dodge County Board of Supervisors as well as the Saunders County board. And while construction on the barns that have been approved haven’t been started, she says work will begin for some in April.
In many of the meetings held to receive approval from counties for their growers to build the barns, there are always many questions and concerns about how they could potentially impact the environment. Kolterman says they want to be good stewards of the environment and are taking the proper steps to do so.
“We’re trying to be very proactive with that. The state of Nebraska does not require a state operating permit for the barns, but we are going to require them anyway,” explained Kolterman. “So all of our growers have to go through that process with the Department of Environmental Quality. And I think it’s the right thing to do and show that we are good environmental stewards. It’s smart because it protects not just the company but also the grower.”
After the delays due to rain the new completion date is June of 2019, and Kolterman says they are on track to meet that date.