Wayne Farms LLC has completed the purchase of an idled poultry feed mill based in Atkins, Ark. The purchase gives Wayne Farms full ownership of the facility, which will be used as grain storage in support of the company’s Danville operation.

“We are excited about this purchase as it provides us with much-needed additional ingredients storage capacity as well as an additional transportation of ingredients option,” said David Elam, Wayne Farms Danville complex manager. “In the short term, the site will strictly be used as a grain handling and receiving facility. As we move forward, we will assess the feasibility of reopening the site to manufacture and deliver feed for the company.”

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The Atkins property has been the location of a poultry feed mill and hatchery since the late 1970s. ConAgra Corporation operated the feed mill and hatchery until 2004 when Pilgrim’s Corp. assumed operations at the site. Pilgrim’s closed the facility in 2008 and then completed the sale to Wayne Farms.