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While Seaboard Foods directly impacts many businesses, it also affects the entire state in terms of tax revenue and related businesses. “Seaboard Foods is one of the largest agricul- ture businesses in the state of Oklahoma,” Zac Perkins, vice president of Corporate Services at Tri-County Electric Cooperative, said. “They’re a great member and have provided quite a bit of growth for the cooperative. In addition to the commercial sector, we’ve seen growth in our resi- dential sector. You just don’t bring a company that size into an area without it impacting every small business.”


Every individual and business mentioned in this article is a member of Tri-County Electric Cooperative, which serves the Oklahoma Panhandle and parts of surrounding states. Seaboard Foods also has live production opera- tions in and around Hennessey, Okla., and a feed mill in Okeene, Okla. Those operations are on the lines of Cimarron Electric Cooperative.


Chris Tuttle speaks into his radio in the lab at Seaboard’s High Plains Bioenergy facility. Photo by JuliAnn Graham


This pork processing plant sits on the edge of Guymon on Highway 54. Photo Courtesy of Tri-County Electric


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