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The number of chickens expected
to be processed weekly once the
plant reaches full capacity.
an air-chilling system after plucking and evisceration.
Shafer said about 80 percent of the equipment in the plant
will be made by Marel.
Labor and automation
Labor, Shafer said, will be the most critical issue at
the plant. As a hedge against challenging labor markets,
LPP is employing high-speed, automated machinery in
every step of the process. Robotics will also be used to
"The list goes on and on, everything from automatic
label application to palletization to even the deboning,"
Shafer said automation will help reduce the need for workers - he cited automated deboning as requiring 100 fewer
workers than manual, as an example - but it will require more
workers with higher educational and mechanical expertise.
The labor market is tight in the region, so LPP is
partnering with recruiters to find unemployed and underemployed workers in western Omaha and the area
surrounding Fremont. The conversation on attracting,
employing and housing poultry plant workers is ongoing, he said. ■
The estimated economic
impact in Nebraska from the
installation of the new poultry
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