North Carolina-based chicken processor House of Raeford Farms plans to launch operations Wednesday at its new, $16 million chicken hatchery in Monetta.
The 63,000-square-foot facility, which features technology designed for production efficiency provided by NatureForm and Pas Reform, is expected to produce more than one million birds per week, the company said in a press release.
The hatchery is fully automated “to allow for the highest levels of biosecurity, quality control and operational analytics,” the company said. “This level of control produces a very tight hatch window, and provides assurance of consistently healthy chicks.”
Temperature, static pressure, and humidity are centrally controlled throughout the building to keep eggs and embryos in perfect condition, the release added.
“It has been a pleasure to partner with NatureForm and Pas Reform to bring this new hatchery to life. After seeing firsthand, the quality and consistency of the new chicks produced using this new technology, we had no doubt that this was the best route to innovating incubation for our company,” said Bob Johnson, president and CEO of House of Raeford. “Quality starts with healthy chicks. This advanced operation provides yet another layer of quality assurance.”
House of Raeford’s investment will provide Aiken County more than $200,000 in new property tax revenue the first year of operation, and nearly $3 million in revenue over a 20-year period, said Will Williams, president and CEO of the Economic Development Partnership in Aiken, Edgefield and Saluda counties. The facility will employ 20 workers.
Based out of Rose Hill, N.C., House of Raeford ranks among nation’s 10 largest chicken processors, providing ready-to-cook and further processed chicken products to the foodservice, retail, and export markets. The company works with more than 85 contract growers to produce more than 40 million chickens each year.
In South Carolina, the family-owned and operated company has additional facilities in West Columbia, Leesville, Hemingway, and Greenville. It also operates facilities in Georgia, Louisiana, and North Carolina.