Herbruck’s Poultry Ranch, a fourth-generation family egg producer, is considering an expansion near Mercersburg, Pennsylvania.
The plan, which has not yet been finalized, is to construct poultry barns in the area to house cage-free and organic laying hens.
If Herbruck’s plan becomes a reality, it could create an estimated 190 full-time jobs in the area.
“We’re still in the planning stage of a potential expansion in the Mercersburg area, and want to work in close partnership with members of the community, local leaders, local businesses, and partners across the agricultural supply chain from the beginning,” said Greg Herbruck, executive vice president of Herbruck’s. “We believe that an expansion of our company’s operations in the Mercersburg area would be a win-win for the community in terms of job creation and local economic development.”
Herbruck’s supplies farm-fresh eggs to retailers and food service outlets across the nation.
Local partnerships sought
The company stated that it is seeking partnerships with local farmers and companies.
“To be successful, we count on an abundance of local businesses and farmers that we can partner with for local services, grain, feed, packaging and supplies,” Herbruck said. “Local partnerships have been a cornerstone of our business approach in Michigan. One of the major reasons we believe the Mercersburg area is a great fit is the deep tradition of agriculture in the community.”
Herbruck’s Poultry Ranch was founded in 1958 by Harry and Marilyn Herbruck in Ionia County, Michigan, and its roots stretch back to the late 1920’s when Harry Herbruck Sr. started a Michigan-based egg business.
Herbruck emphasized that the potential expansion is still under consideration, and will depend on finalizing plans with community leaders.