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Residents against hog plant in Tremonton

The room reached its capacity and residents overflowed the hallways as many for and against a hog processing plant in Tremonton wanted their voices heard.
Tuesday night’s Tremonton City Council meeting was the place to be for those wanting more information on what the council was going to decide. A vote wasn’t made and won’t be in the future. After hearing close to 90 minutes of residents’ concerns where the vocal majority was against the plant, the council reported that Yosemite Meats will not be opening its doors in Tremonton.
The company planned on renovating the old La-Z-Boy factory, turning it into a hog processing plant that would employ up to 200 people. For those in attendance concerns ranged from the quality of workers the plant would hire to the impact on Tremonton’s water and sewer infrastructure to the biggest concern – the smell.
Although many agreed that unemployment is a huge problem in Box Elder County, they weren’t prepared to take on the problems of a hog processing plant that would slaughter 2,000 pigs a day.
For more on this story pick up next week’s edition of The Leader.


8 comments for “Residents against hog plant in Tremonton

  1. jon
    March 7, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    it is my opinion that denying this plant is a bad idea. We need jobs here. Look at Ogden’s dog food plant. I smell it everytime I drive in ogden and look how much ogden has grown even with it there. I have been unemployed for 3 years. I have tried and tried to find a job. I have been turned down many times and had no response in many more. I read that it was said let them put there plant by P&G. If you think about this. It would take them up to 3 years to build a plant there. The renovation of Lay-z-boy plant would be a good idea. The building hasn’t been used since they left. It would provide many opportunities for people like me. It would also bring much needed revenue into our great town. I don’t think it would smell anymore than Ogden’s dog food plant or Malt-o-meal. Since this has been denied, I will have to move to find work. As I am sure many other people will have too. It doesn’t matter what the plant would be. Just having that many jobs open up in our town would have been a wonderful thing. Now your forcing us to have to move to find work or have to be on unemployment. Which is only hurting the town and the great people here. I was raised here, went to high school here. The town has changed a lot since 2000, it would have grown even more with the plant. Well that’s all I wanted to say, I wonder how many others in town feel the same. I know I have talked to many who agree.

  2. J.T. Jones
    March 8, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    I feel for everybody looking for work. I was laid off at ATK myself, but I would say that anybody who had a hand in helping astronauts get into space or building rockets would not be excited about the prospect of slitting pigs throats the rest of their lives. This is not the type of employment anyone would aspire to having. It is the lowest possible type of work I can think of. As a community we need to come up with better options. I want to see this valley succeed, and I don’t see how bringing in this type of employment helps the people of the valley. This is not agriculture as some people would lead you to believe, this is not a rich guy trying to keep a farmer from building a silage pit, this is industrial pig slaughter over 500,000 pigs a year, that’s not Box Elder County agriculture, I’m not sure what that is. The few people willing to work there would be ones without other options, the stench from it would offend visitors and drag down property values of anyone living within a mile of it. Lift your eyes up out of the pig pen people, we are better than this.

  3. Josh M
    March 8, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    I will not hide behind a screen name like all the negative people on ksl do, I for one think there is more to it than just slitting pigs throats.The space industry is at a stand still sorry to say. This plant will need people in management, they are bring $20 million to update/remodel the plant helping local business stay busy,(more jobs) the will need maintenance workers, trucking company’s, wash bays, and more. I am become hated here for thinking it was a bad decision to turn down jobs, people have gone as far as to slander mine and my fathers names and our business WHY? Because we tried to help a dwindling economy? Is that really the Mormon way? Well if it is I want no part of it or a town who hates and despises people just trying to help. If you all have a better idea and some connections please let us know we are open to suggestions.

  4. J.T. Jones
    March 8, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    Is that the Mormon way? Did you just write that? Religion has NOTHING to do with this. Anybody using religion to influence a business decision is way out there. This has nothing to do with religion and everything to do with vision for the community. I believe there are better options for the company and the location is out of the question. Location, location, location.

  5. Josh M
    March 8, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    Yes the Mormon way! I was at that meeting and anybody for this plant was afraid to get up and say their piece because you all would have lynched them, being a Mormon I really don’t think you should treat people that way, with your BOOs dirty looks and just plain disdain toward your fellow man.
    As far as better options pray tell what are they? I actually know what I am talking about I know all the company’s who looked at it and put their noses up to this community and the plant, I was there was you? I love how allot the people who worked at ATK seem to know so much about economics, when in reality they never had to worry about how to make a paycheck until now. Welcome to the economy we have had to deal with for the past 5 years.

  6. Tracie G.
    March 8, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    Thrilled at the outcome. There are businesses better suited to Tremonton.

  7. bob
    March 8, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    There are available jobs all over this valley. Autoliv, west Liberty, Intertape to name a few is always hiring. Go talk to SOS in Brigham. I do not believe for a second that we NEED new jobs in the valley. Its pretty easy to find a job in this area if your willing to accept the pay. The pig plant pay would be comparable to any other job available right now.

  8. Mike
    March 12, 2013 at 11:40 pm

    I have to ask…How many of the nay sayers at this meeting were unemployed? How many have first hand knowledge of this companies track record in California? I don’t want a smelly plant of any kind in the middle of Tremonton. But if they can do the process without smell like they say they can, then why not? 35,000 for a starting pay? Doesn’t seem to bad to me. I assume mid level and management positions would pay better.

    If the good people of Tremonton have done their homework, and know for sure that the company is going to stink up the joint, then nice going you civic minded hero’s! If not it sounds like you may have had a knee jerk reaction and shot yourselves in the foot.

    If you were booing and hissing at the meeting, like folks in a bad western, (I wasn’t there) Then I’m glad the company passed you by. They deserve to settle in a better community, and of course they will.

    Maybe the folks in silicon valley will come knocking next. Good luck with that folks.

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