Materne had previously selected Coburg as an option for its new applesauce processing facility.
Despite the news, county officials remain optimistic about future economic opportunities.
“We established Lane County as a place that welcomes the food production industry, and as a result, we have received inquiries from other interested companies,” said Glenda Poling, manager of Lane County’s Community and Economic Development in a press release Wednesday. “I am optimistic about other economic development opportunities.”
Sid Leiken, Chair of the Lane County Board of Commissioners, said of the announcement: “Despite this setback, we still accomplished something great. We worked effectively with all of our partners from the State and the Governor’s office to the City of Coburg and local authorities. We put together a strong proposal that was right for Lane County residents. I applaud all of the hard work from our economic development team to get Materne this far.”
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