Foster Farms has plans to convert its unused broiler hatchery in Turlock, California, to a turkey hatchery. The hatchery has not been in use for eight years.
According to the Turlock Journal, the company is going through the process of renovating the facility, which includes enlarging the building by 5,400 square feet. Plans are also in the works to make electrical upgrades and to install air handling units and incubators.
The expansion will allow Foster Farms to increase its hatching numbers and provide better quality poults. The Turlock hatchery will give the company the capacity to set 300,000 eggs per week, and will allow Foster Farms to consolidate its turkey hatching operations into one hatchery, said Yubert Envia, Foster Farms vice president of Turkey and Prepared Foods. The turkey hatchery is expected to add 25 jobs to the local economy.
Foster Farms is presently seeking the needed permits for the hatchery project. The new turkey hatchery is expected to be operational in May 2016.
Foster Farms slaughtered 247 million pounds of live turkeys in 2014, according to the WATTAgNet Top Poultry Companies Database. Headquartered in Livingston, California, Foster Farms is also the tenth largest broiler company in the United States.