The Wayne Farms' Albertville fresh poultry processing facility in Albertville, Ala., celebrated its 50th year in business. To mark the occasion, the company hosted a picnic for more than 2,000 people, including employees, retirees and family members.

Established in 1963, the Albertville poultry plant was one of the original processing facilities to operate under the Wayne Farms name. Wayne Farms purchased the facility from the North Alabama Poultry Cooperative Inc. to manufacture and sell fresh poultry products.


Today, the Albertville complex consists of the 42,000-square-foot plant on McDonald Avenue, a feed mill in Guntersville and a 35,000-square-foot hatchery. About 1,000 people are employed at the Albertville plant.

"We are very proud of the fact that we have been in business and part of the Albertville community for 50 years," said Tim Holmes, Wayne Farms North Alabama complex manager. "We owe our success to the many wonderful employees who have shared in our challenges as well as our successes over the years. With such a hard working team and strong community support, we look forward to the next 50 years."