Mountaire Farms has broken ground on its new corporate offices being built in Millsboro, Delaware.

The new building will be 45,000-square-feet and incorporate multiple modern energy-efficient technologies according to John Wren, Mountaire’s chief engineer on the project.

The new building, which will be located at the corner of Maryland Camp Road and John J. Williams Highway, should take about one year to finish and should be ready for the ribbon cutting in the fall of 2016.

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Mountaire CEO and President Paul Downes, drove the first shovel into the dirt and told those attending a recent groundbreaking ceremony: “The new project creates the opportunity for Mountaire to bring our administrative people together in one location; the time is right for us to build a new state of the art facility to provide spacious and modern accommodations for our employees. We are pleased to make this commitment to our employees, to the community, and to the state; we are here for the long run.”

Those attending the groundbreaking ceremony were: Karen McGrath, U.S. Sen. Tom Carper’s Sussex County Regional Director; State Sen. Brian Pettyjohn, 19th District; State Sen. Gerald W. Hocker, 20th District; State Rep. Ruth Briggs-King, 37th District; State Rep. Richard Collins, 41st District; the Delaware House Minority Leader Daniel Short, 39th District; Melody Booker-Wilkins, economic development director, Sussex County; and Millsboro Mayor John Thoroughgood.

Mountaire Farms had demolished an office building in Selbyville in 2014, and since that time employees have been working in small rental offices across Sussex County.