Allen Harim Foods plans to invest $22 million to build a state-of-the art hatchery in Dagsboro, Delaware. The new facility will have an egg-set capacity of 2.5 million eggs per week.
“Our ‘No Antibiotic Ever’ policy requires us to provide the healthiest start possible to each and every bird, and this new facility – the most technologically-advanced hatchery on Delmarva – will deliver that,” said Allen Harim President and CEO Joe Moran. “It will be also be more energy efficient and environmentally friendly.”
The new 70,000-square-foot facility will be built on the company’s 19.84-acre site on Nine Foot Road in Dagsboro. The Sussex County Council recently approved tying into the county’s sewer and water infrastructure which will alleviate the need for on-site spray irrigation.
When complete, the company will close two older hatcheries, one in Seaford and one in Dagsboro, and employees at both locations will be offered opportunities at the new hatchery or at other Allen Harim facilities.
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The company’s plans for the new hatchery follow plans to expand its poultry plant in Harbeson, Deleware after it decided to close its plant in Cordova, Maryland, and consolidate processing operations.
Allen Harim in February announced all of its meat comes from birds fed only vegetarian feed, and its Nature’s Sensation line of premium poultry products carries the “No Antibiotics Ever” label.