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Mississippi-based Sanderson Farms Inc, which proposed a $113 million, 1,000-employee chicken processing plant in Fayetteville, North Carolina in July 2014, drew protests from local residents concerned about threats to water supplies. Sanderson has a chicken plant 80 miles away in Kinston, where full-time workers earn $25,000 a year but there is 40 percent employee turnover. Sanderson has nine chicken processing plants, and is opening a 10th in Texas in 2015.
A House of Raeford turkey plant closed in Fayetteville in 2013, displacing 900 workers. Some local residents want the new Sanderson plant, which would pay average wages of $12 an hour, but the protests may make it hard for the county to provide the tax incentives that Sanderson is seeking. Fayetteville's economy currently depends on Fort Bragg, and the city and county are looking to diversify the local economy by attracting call centers.