September 16, 2017
State legislators, from left, Rep. Jim Karleskint, R-Tonganoxie, Rep. Willie Dove, R-Bonner Springs and Sen. Tom Holland, D-Baldwin City.
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For Tonganoxie, 2017 will be one looked back at as a monumental year. An announced plan for a $325 million Tyson chicken processing plant just after Labor Day weekend turned into a national story. A project that potentially would have brought 1,600 jobs to the area was not well-received by many in the community. An opposition group was formed. The heated topic eventually became a non-issue and Tyson announced that it would not build its state-of-the-art plant here.
Residents pressed local legislators repeatedly about their stances on a proposed $320 million Tyson chicken processing plant during a town hall meeting Friday in Tonganoxie. Sen. Tom Holland, D-Baldwin City, and Reps. Jim Karleskint, R-Tonganoxie and Willie Dove, R-Bonner Springs, all said during the meeting at Chieftain Park that they had numerous concerns about the proposed project, but they wanted more information before landing on either side of the issue.