Delmarva chicken industry sees positive end to 2010

The Delmarva Peninsula, an area on the East Coast of the U.S. that encompasses parts of Delaware, Maryland and Virginia, has a poultry industry that produces 600 million chickens per year and saw investments and the potential for long-term growth in several of the area's poultry companies at the end of 2010.

The Delmarva Peninsula, an area on the East Coast of the U.S. that encompasses parts of Delaware, Maryland and Virginia, has a poultry industry that produces 600 million chickens per year and saw investments and the potential for long-term growth in several of the area's poultry companies at the end of 2010:

  • Amick Chicken Farms LLC became the first new company to raise and process chickens on Delmarva since 1988.
  • Allen Family Foods Inc. completed phase one of an expansion that increased its weekly bird processing by 20%, with another increase expected in spring of 2011.
  • Mountaire Farms has made plans to invest $34.5 million into a rendering and resource-recovery plant in Millsboro, Del.
  • Perdue Farms Inc.'s headquarters in Salisbury, Md., is undergoing a $12.8 million renovation.
  • Tyson Foods Inc. is looking to expand its Temperanceville, Va., processing plant. 

Delmarva's poultry industry, which employs roughly 100,000 workers, had no major layoffs or plant closings in 2010.

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