Longtime Sioux Falls mover and shaker and new blogger Joe Kirby says neither the proposed second slaughterhouse nor the first Amazon warehouse in Sioux Falls will be good for local quality of life, due to their low wages:
Sioux Falls has a workforce availability shortage. My friends in business tell me that we still have more jobs than people looking for work. Given this, our community may not benefit from the arrival of an Amazon warehouse with 1,000 lower paying jobs.
Likewise, the community may not benefit from a significant increase in the number of slaughterhouse industry jobs.
…Some businesses externalize their costs into the community. A big employer with low wages can place significant burdens on the community’s social services agencies and resources. Its employees likely can’t financially contribute much to help those agencies, and if the company doesn’t, then the community ends up with the tab [Joe Kirby, “Thoughtful Growth for Sioux Falls,” Sioux Falls Joe, 2022.08.16].
Amazon was supposed to start shipping cheap plastic junk from China from its Sioux Falls “fulfillment center” this year; now that five-story concrete block will sit unfulfilled for two more years. Wholestone Farms is hoping to either win or render meaningless a public vote on its slaughterhouse and double Sioux Falls’s swiny stink starting in 2025.