Council To Consider Resolution Asking JBS To Stay In Butchertown

by Gabe Bullard on December 2, 2009

The Louisville Metro Council could take action during its meeting Thursday to encourage the JBS company to keep its controversial meat processing plant in its current location.

Many residents of the Butchertown neighborhood have complained about the noise and odor generated by the plant. The council will vote on a non-binding resolution that asks JBS to keep the plant and its 13-hundred jobs in the neighborhood.

The resolution has bipartisan support, perhaps most notably from Council President David Tandy, who has been working with the company to look for a new site in Jefferson County.  Tandy says he’s still interested in seeing the plant move, but jobs take top priority.   If the plant can’t be relocated, Tandy says it could be upgraded to address Butchertown residents’ concerns.

“There’s language in there that wants them to stay in that location. My position has always been: I want to make sure those jobs stay here in Jefferson County. If they say in that current location, then we need to make sure the residents in that area, it creates a win-win for everyone,” he says. “You can create meat processing facilities that aren’t like your grandfather’s meat processing facilities, where those facilities can peacefully coexist in a residential neighborhood.”

Tandy says if the plant cannot be moved elsewhere in the county, he would like JBS to make upgrades to make the plant quieter and cleaner.

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