EPHRATA, Pa. — Hendrix-ISA, part of the Layer Business Unit of Hendrix Genetics, purchases 20 acres of land in Grand Island, Neb., for building a new 24-million layer chick hatchery.
This expansion increases the company’s capacity to provide day-old layer chicks. The new hatchery joins fully operating hatcheries in Ephrata, Pa., and Blackstone, Va.
“After a thorough exploration phase and an investigation of multiple locations and possibilities, we decided to choose Grand Island, Nebraska.” Peter Mumm, managing director of Hendrix-ISA LLC said. “Nebraska is the best and safest location today to serve our growing customer base. The people, Midwestern location and proximity to feed sources and our customers all contributed to our decision to make Grand Island the future home of our expansion.”
With biosecurity concerns in mind, the company said it is convinced that this location site will protect their investment in the most optimal way and secure uninterrupted delivery of day-old chicks to their customers.
The new Hendrix-ISA hatchery will provide an additional 24 million chicks a year. The intention is to have the first chicks available the first quarter of 2017.
Hendrix-ISA will continue to focus on the leading brown and white products — Isa Brown, Bovans Brown, Shaver White, Dekalb White and Bovans White.
Mumm noted, “With respect to our current products, we are excited to be (re)launching the DeKalb White. With the industry transitioning to more Aviary Systems for the production of cage free white eggs, our geneticists have designed a docile bird, we believe, will dominate that market.”
Hendrix Genetics is a privately-held, international multi-species breeding company with activities in layer, turkey, swine, traditional poultry and aquaculture breeding. The layer Business Unit of Hendrix Genetics breeds pure line layers in seven R&D centers, located in Canada, France and the Netherlands, and produces parent stock of day-old chicks in five main production centers, located in Canada, Brazil, Netherlands, France and Indonesia. Hendrix Genetics is headquartered in Boxmeer, the Netherlands.