House of Raeford Farms is progressing with its plans to rebuild a poultry plant that was destroyed by a fire on February 25.

The fire at the company’s poultry plant in Teachey, North Carolina, was determined to have started accidentally in an office in the second floor of the building. Since the fire occurred, House of Raeford has pledged to rebuild. Demolition of the burned plant began in April.

The rebuilding project is expected to be completed by the summer of 2018.

Fitts & Goodwin to oversee rebuilding

House of Raeford, in a press release issued on June 30, stated that it is partnering with Fitts & Goodwin, an experienced general contracting and construction company based in Columbia, South Carolina, to rebuild the plant.

“Fitts & Goodwin shares House of Raeford’s commitments to community and quality, as evidenced by the state-of-the-art hatchery they built for our company in Monetta, SC in 2016,” said House of Raeford president and CEO Bob Johnson. “Building on their long history of success, we are confident they are the perfect partner for House of Raeford as we work to rebuild in Wallace.”

House of Raeford Farms, according to the WATTAgNet Top Poultry Companies Database, is the ninth largest broiler company in the United States, having processed 27.35 million pounds of ready-to-cook chicken on a weekly basis in 2016. The company’s brands are House of Raeford Farms and Columbia Farms.