Garden City’s new beef-processing plant a boon to Kansas

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December 30, 2019 - 10:08 AM

The Garden City Telegram recently reported that Empirical, a South Dakota-based beef production company, plans to build a new facility in Garden City. That facility will bring 300 jobs to the area.

This is great news — especially when you recall that Garden City temporarily lost production at its Tyson plant. Beyond just the feel-good redemption, this addition brings the new plant not just for Garden City or Finney County. It is good news for Kansas. A win like this for Garden City will create spillover across the state.

Yes, spillover will be more tangible and obvious across southwestern Kansas as those businesses are most likely to benefit from the additional workforce Empirical will add. However, that doesn’t mean this success won’t find it’s way across the state. Let’s not forget the tax dollars this facility will generate and send to Topeka and vicariously across the state. Or that these workers aren’t robots. Most people at some point travel, they will spend money, they will form bonds and build communities.

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