International Layer Distribution GmbH (ILD), a subsidiary of the German based EW Group, and Trouw Nutrition Canada Inc., a Nutreco Company, entered into a joint venture in purchasing Clark’s Poultry.

Clark’s Poultry is a day-old chick distribution company selling Lohmann Breeders brand layer chicks in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta.

The agreement was effective in December.

Founded in 1947 by Doug Clark, the company has been in the Lawson family since 1970 when Glen Lawson purchased Clark’s.

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"I am proud of our involvement in this dynamic industry over the last 52 years - it is a proud family legacy," states Brad Lawson, president of Clark's Poultry. "After 44 years in the industry, the time has come for me to move on and let the current management and sales team, along with the new ownership group, take Clark's Poultry to the next level of excellence in the hatchery industry."

“We feel the new ownership of the hatchery will allow us not only to invest in the Canadian community and the team we have built” said Greg Moorehead, who will assume the role of General Manager, “but also to continue improving on our existing chick quality and customer support.”

Maarten Bijl, managing director at Trouw Nutrition North America and Albert Cordts, managing director of International Layer Distribution GmbH issued the following statement: “We are excited about this acquisition and partnership. Continuing the high quality, and the excellent service, customers know from Clark's is very important to us. This acquisition also shows long-term and continued commitment to the Prairie provinces and their producers."