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on April 22, 2011

Aviagen turkey company breaks ground on Iowa hatchery

Valley of the Moon Commercial Poults construction expected to be complete by end of 2011

Valley of the Moon Commercial Poults, Aviagen's new company serving the turkey industry, officially broke ground on its new 87,000-square-foot, 50-million-egg hatchery, being built in Osceola, Iowa, on April 12.

When completed later this year, the facility will be the largest turkey incubation and hatching facility in the world, according to Aviagen. “Aviagen is proud to start this new company in Iowa," said Jihad Douglas, president of Aviagen Turkeys. "A key factor in choosing this location was the state’s commitment to agriculture. Osceola is great community in the heart of the grain belt and centrally located for our customer base.”

Jason Williams will be the hatchery operations manager for the new site. Williams has over seventeen years of breeder and hatchery management experience. He will oversee the construction phase of the hatchery and will manage the facility once construction is complete. 

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