When the Campbell Soup factory in south Sacramento was shutdown it was hard hit loss of 700 jobs in the local economy. The factory has been looking for a buyer since the early 2013 shutdown and its main selling point has been its water resources.
Food possessing typically requires high water inputs and also produces a significant amount of wastewater. The Campbell factory had ample groundwater rights and cheap wastewater disposal. Both of which will become huge assets to the new owner.
The hope is that another food processor will buy the plant. However, if a different manufacturing industry takes over the plant, its utilization of the water resources about 3 miles from the Sacramento River could be cause for worry.
Supposedly the sealed bid period is coming to an end and a buyer has been found for the 135-acre factory. The identity of the buyer will remain unknown until the deal is fully completed, but it reported to be an out of area investment group.
While the need to find an appropriate buyer and restore the gap in the local economy is imperative, it would be a shame to have it be at the environmental expense of the area.