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Arkansas City OKs Zoning for Meatpacker Expansion

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ARKANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — The Arkansas City Commission has approved two ordinances that will allow Creekstone Farms Premium Beef to expand its operations in the southeast Kansas town. The commission's vote Tuesday night annexed about 9.5 acres of farmland owned by Creekstone that is adjacent to the current plant but outside city limits. It also changed the land's zoning to heavy industrial. The Arkansas City Traveler reports that the first phase of the expansion, which already is under way, will bring the plant back to full production capacity after a fire last fall. Later phases will increase the company's cold storage areas and possibly add an additional shift. City manager Nick Hernandez says if Creekstone adds another shift, it would become Cowley County's largest employer.

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