Location rumors circulate for new Tyson chicken plant

SEDGWICK COUNTY, Kan. Sedgwick County is one of three qualifiers in Kansas for a Tyson chicken plant if the company decides to build a new facility in the Sunflower State.

If Tyson picks Sedgwick County as the home for its new plant, the next question is, "where will the facility go?"

Over the past several weeks, Eyewitness News has heard several rumors about possible locations.

Thursday afternoon, Eyewitness News reporter Katie Johnston spoke to a property owner between Clearwater and Haysville who says investors are looking at his property to buy, then sell to Tyson.

The property owner says the investor is looking for land, water and a railroad, just what his property southwest of Ridge Road and 71st Street has to offer.

Rumors surrounding the location of a plant in Sedgwick County ignited shortly after the county was announced as a finalist for Tyson.

"I've not heard of any specific or substantial locations, but there are lots of rumors that it will be located somewhere between Clearwater and Haysville," says Jeff Zogleman of rural Clearwater.

The property between Clearwater and Haysville has it all, but there are people from both towns who don't want anything to do with Tyson.

"Honestly, a lot of us just don't want to be living next to a chicken operation," Zogleman says.

Zogleman is one of the voices behind several Facebook pages advocating for Tyson to go elsewhere.

"I don't care where it is in Sedgwick County. It's not a good spot to have it," Zogleman says.

The Greater Wichita Partnership says there is no specific location for Tyson determined in Sedgwick County, but an update regarding a possible location could come as early as next week.