LAUREL, Miss. – More than 100 individuals attended a Cumberland County Commissioners meeting to protest plans to build a Sanderson Farms Inc. poultry processing plant in the area, according to local news reports.

Sanderson officials visited Cumberland County, NC to gather information on a potential site, but the company has not yet made a firm commitment to build a poultry plant in Cumberland County. The company said a new facility would create 1,000 jobs.

The Cumberland County Commission will hold a public hearing before the commission decides the issue, according to an Associated Press report.