Tyson plant not coming to Harvey County


Harvey County is no longer in the running for the Tyson Chicken Plant.

Newton Now reported two weeks ago that the Kansas Logistics Park had been submitted to the company as a possible site for a $300 million operation after the company cancelled plans to build in Tonganoxie.

Harvey County Economic Development submitted a proposal to Tyson. The Newton Mayor drafted a letter of support.

However, last week Tyson Chicken narrowed down its list and cut Newton off of it, along with other communities like South Hutchinson.

Beth Shelton, director of the Harvey County Economic Development Council, said the company informed her that it had to do with the site’s lack of a “dual water source.”

Shelton said the site had the water capacity to serve the plant, however the plant was looking for sites that could draw from two different sources of water.

The Kansas Logistics Park draws water from a single source, the Equus beds.

Shelton said the company was now looking at three sites, one by Clearwater in Sedgwick County, one site in Cloud County and one site in Montgomery County.

The Sedgwick County Commission has been especially vocal of their support for the plant locating there. The site apparently could draw from both the Equus beds as well as from Cheney Lake as a water source.

Shelton said that she wanted to know if a requirement of multiple water sources was something common with large industrial developments or something Tyson specific, as the Kansas Logistic Park’s water capacity had been highlighted in a recent feasibility study, the Garner Report, as a strength of the site.