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Chicken Company Soothes Fears Over New Plant near Millsboro

Don Rush

Last night Allen Harim Foods officials met with local residents who have expressed concerns on the prospect of a major chicken processing plant near Millsboro.

The company is negotiating for another chicken plant in Sussex County with a $100-million investment that could bring 700 jobs to the area.

The concerns heard at the Millsboro Fire Hall ranged from the impact on local water wells and traffic to odors, noise and the disposal of hazardous materials.

Residents told company officials and Delaware Secretary of Agriculture Ed Kee that they were worried about the chicken plant’s large demand for water fearing that it would leave local wells dry. 

The company officials and Kee tried to reassure them that the former Vlassic pickle plant would not tap into their water supply but would go deeper into local aquifers.

Don Rush is the News Director at Delmarva Public Media. An award-winning journalist, Don reports major local issues of the day, from sea level rise, to urban development, to the changing demographics of Delmarva.