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The purpose of this grant is to extend public sewer infrastructure necessary to serve Sanderson Farms’ new hatchery and research and development (R&D) facility that is locating outside of the City of Lumberton. The hatchery and R&D facility are associated with Sanderson Farms’ new chicken processing plant that will be built in St. Pauls. Sanderson Farms will create 1,000 new jobs in connection with its new facilities, including 75 jobs at the hatchery and R&D center. The new jobs will pay an overall average annual wage of $27,924, plus benefits, including 50% of the cost of employee-only health insurance. The unemployment rate in Robeson County was 8.2% in March 2015 compared to the state average of 5.4%. The total cost of the sewer improvements for this project is $499,000.