|WAYNE FARMS ACQUIRES POULTRY FEED MILL IN ATKINS, ARKANSAS|
Danville, Ark. (September 21, 2012) – Wayne Farms LLC announced today that it has completed the purchase of an idled poultry feed mill based in Atkins, Arkansas. The purchase gives Wayne Farms full ownership of the facility which will be used as grain storage in support of the company’s Danville operation.
“We are excited about this purchase as it provides us with much needed additional ingredients storage capacity as well as an additional transportation of ingredients option,” says David Elam, Wayne Farms Danville Complex Manager. “In the short term, the site will strictly be used as a grain handling and receiving facility.
As we move forward, we will assess the feasibility of reopening the site to manufacture and deliver feed for the company.” The Atkins property has been the location of a poultry feed mill and hatchery since the late 1970s. ConAgra Corporation operated the feed mill and hatchery until 2004 when Pilgrim’s Pride assumed operations at the site. Pilgrim’s Pride closed the facility in 2008 and then completed the sale to Wayne Farms. The Danville complex consists of a 90,000 square-foot processing facility, feed mill and a hatchery.
The processing facility was built by Wayne Farms in 1970 and, with the feed mill and hatchery, employs around 1,000 people from the surrounding community. About Wayne Farms LLC Wayne Farms LLC is the fifth-largest vertically integrated poultry producer in the United States with annual sales exceeding $1 billion. A subsidiary of Continental Grain Company, Wayne Farms owns and operates 10 fresh and further-processed facilities throughout the Southeast, produces more than 1 billion pounds of poultry products each year, and employs more than 8,500 individuals.