A crash near the south-central Missouri town of Cabool has killed two people and injured six others.
Unified Equine Missouri is expected to be open for business by the end of summer.
The company is now considering whether to retrofit a closed beef processing plant in western Missouri.
Sue Wallis, CEO of Unified Equine: “Discussion’s over. Make all the noise you want. We’re going into business.”
Supporters say the plant would bring jobs and put suffering or neglected horses out of their misery.
Army Sgt. Jacob Perkins ran into the burning bus several times to help remove injured passengers.