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Lonnie (Bo) Pilgrim, co-founder of Pilgrim’s Pride, has died

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PITTSBURG, Texas — Lonnie (Bo) Pilgrim, co-founder and longtime chairman and CEO of Pilgrim's Pride Corp. died July 21. He was 89.

The company began on Oct. 2, 1946, when his brother Aubrey Pilgrim, and his partner Pat Johns, bought a feed and seed store in Pittsburg. Mr. Pilgrim would join soon after.

In the  years ahead, the company continued to grow, purchasing Market Produce of Fort Worth in 1969 and in the 1990s acquiring Green Acre Foods Inc., WLR Foods Inc., and ConAgra's chicken division. In 2006 Pilgrim's Pride completed the acquisition of Atlanta-based Gold. . .

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