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New business could bring 600 chicken houses to Corning

CORNING, AR (KAIT) - Corning can expect more than just part of a $165,000,000 Poultry operation to come to Region 8. Arkansas Business News reports Peco Foods is looking to build 600 chicken houses in Corning, that's in addition to a planned processing facility in Pocahontas.

"The need is there," said resident Sherry Heck. "The need is there for jobs."

Clay County's unemployment rate is 12.2 percent. People are hoping the new coops will help their struggling town.

"There are so many people out of work and Corning is dying bad," said resident Debbie Hewett. "It used to be we had everything here and now we have nothing."

However, there is one concern that has people holding their breath.

"I think the smell will be bad," said Heck. "That's the only thing I'd be worried about."

It's not decided where exactly these chickens will go, but location might make a difference.

"If they located it out of town a little bit, it won't make the whole town smell," said Hewett.

The smell might stink, but residents are hoping it will be worth it.

"If it brings more jobs I guess I'll learn to deal with it," said Heck.

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