Ohio-based poultry processor Case Farms has purchased the assets of Ohio-based poultry producer Park Farms, including a processing plant and hatchery.

All facilities formerly owned by Park Farms will be restarted the week of March 19, following a shutdown to retool the processing plant for new products to be produced at the facilities. Previously, Park Farms announced in December 2011 that it would lay off approximately 225 employees in February 2012. Case Farms has reached an agreement with Cleveland-based United Food and Commercial Workers Local 880, giving all hourly employees who were formerly unionized with Park Farms the option to retain employment under Case Farms.

Case Farms’ purchase of the Park Farms' assets will provide job opportunities and economic investment in the local community, according to the company. Case Farms has said it intends to grow the business considerably in the future.