Originally created 08/04/98

Tyson chicken producer drops plans for Georgia plant



LAFAYETTE, Ga. -- A Tyson Foods subsidiary that breeds chickens has dropped plans to build a 459-acre poultry farm in the West Armuchee Valley in northwest Georgia.

James Bell, president of Arkansas-based Cobb-Vantress Inc., and Steve Iseler, the company's marketing director, confirmed the decision today.

The company is looking for another Georgia location, Iseler said.

About 65 residents had formed an opposition group, Save The Valley Inc., to fight the company's original proposal. They argued that runoff from the plant could contaminate five freshwater springs and its incinerator could pollute the air.

The company planned to build 17 chicken houses on the property, holding 85,000 birds, Iseler said. The operation would have employed 23 people.