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Peco Foods meets with city officials in Corning, Pocahontas

CORNING,AR (KAIT)- Peco officials received a warm welcome Monday as they visited both Corning and Pocahontas to discuss the future of the plant and feed mill.

"A lot of people turned out for this and it shows the excitement for the region," said Corning Mayor Dewayne Phelan. "We're looking forward to what Peco brings forward to us."

Residents of Clay County listened to what opportunities this may bring to them, along with other community members.

"We were hoping that they would choose Corning because we've lost a lot of jobs and industry in the last fifteen years," said Resident Mark Williams.

Mayor Phelan said it was both the potential and the people that sparked Peco's interest.

"They saw Corning and what we had to offer with our railroads, highway system and all the land between the two," he said. "They met people in the community they didn't know and just tried to get a feel of who they were going to deal with."

Resident, Scott George said he's looking forward to how Peco will affect Clay and Randolph Counties economy.

"It's going to have a ripple effect on jobs and businesses in town," said George.

With 640 chicken houses that will be built, it will provide opportunities to farmers in town.

"Those chicken houses need to be situated at least 50 miles of the feed mill," said Phelan. "That stretches out a long way and involves a lot of people throughout our region."

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