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Aviagen, Willmar Poultry launch new turkey supply company

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Aviagen and Willmar Poultry have established Select Genetics, a new company to supply commercial genetics to the turkey industry.

Aviagen is the majority owner of Select Genetics, which was formed through the merger of Valley of the Moon Commercial Poults (VOMCP) and Willmar Poultry/Ag Forte.

The new company will be headquartered in Willmar, Minn… Select Genetics is a new distinct business unit operating under the direction of Jihad Douglas as CEO, who is also president of Aviagen… Willmar Poultry president and COO Rick Vanderspek will be president, COO and chairman of the board of the new company and will be responsible for the day-to-day operations. Vanderspek will report to Douglas.

Douglas commented “VOMCP was formed in 2011 with the goal of supplying Nicholas genetics to turkey end users worldwide. We built a state of the art hatchery in Osceola, Iowa, to be in close proximity to many of our customers. We now need to expand our distribution channel to meet the growing demand for Nicholas turkeys throughout the U.S.

He noted that the Willmar and Ag Forte assets in Virginia, Ohio, Missouri and Minnesota will complement Aviagen’s infrastructure in North Carolina, Michigan, Illinois, Missouri and Iowa, allowing Select Genetics “to reach our goals faster and more efficiently.”

Vanderspek said “The focus of Select Genetics will be to deliver the best quality genetics to the turkey industry, which will allow our industry to best compete against other animal proteins.”

Investments will be made to improve and upgrade the existing farms and hatcheries, Vanderspek said.

Immediately after signing the merger documents, the board of directors of Select Genetics approved the capital to build a new single stage hatchery in Terre Haute, Ind., with completion expected to be in the spring of 2018.

Douglas concluded “Recent industry events accelerated Aviagen’s vision regarding our genetic supply chain. We are very excited about this new venture and the opportunity to combine our innovative companies.”

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