Hendrix Genetics plans to build a hatchery for its layer breeds in Grand Island, Nebraska.
The hatchery is being built to meet the company’s growing demand for the Hendrix ISA division Isa Brown, Bovans Brown, Shaver White, Dekalb White and Bovans White laying chickens.
The potential $10 million hatchery will be situated on 20 acres at Grand Island’s Platte Valley Industrial Park-East, reported the Grand Island Independent. When completed, it will produce 24 million chicks per year.
Hendrix-ISA Managing Director Peter Mumm said that the company has 40 hatcheries across the world, but only two in the United States. Since one is located in Virginia and the other in Pennsylvania, a Midwestern location was deemed ideal because chicks could be delivered across the U.S. in one day.
The hatchery plans were announced during a special ceremony in Grand Island, with Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts in attendance.
“This is a great win-win for the city of Grand Island, for Hendrix-ISA, for the State of Nebraska to be able to expand the agribusiness right here in our state and in your community to be able to create more jobs and get that investment," said Ricketts. "This really is a great day for the city of Grand Island and the State of Nebraska."