HARRISONBURG, VA. — Farmer Focus introduced the completion of a brand new, 78,000-square-foot packaging facility in Harrisonburg, Va., inside a mile of its present processing plant.
The poultry firm stated the packaging component of its enterprise would develop its capability by as much as 100% over the following two years with the capability to course of 650,000 birds per week.
Farmer Focus expects to increase its poultry farm companions from 73 to 100 by the tip of 2022. It plans to double that quantity throughout 2023.
“This plant is a crucial step in our mission to advertise and shield generational household farmers,” stated Corwin Heatwole, chief govt officer and founding farmer of Farmer Focus. “We now have over 100 farmers on our ready checklist and a rising shopper demand for our natural, humane and sustainably raised hen. With the expanded capability of this plant comes the chance to companion with extra farmers, the privilege to additional partnerships with retailers, and the power to succeed in extra shoppers. I’m so happy with what our group has achieved with this facility and excited for what’s to come back.”
Farmer Focus lately stated that 100 new jobs have been associated to the brand new facility opening. By the tip of part one in every of this challenge they anticipate to create 135 new jobs.
The extra capability contains chilly space for storing, delivery dock areas and helps the corporate cope with rising shopper demand. In whole, the Farmer Focus employs greater than 700 folks.
“This new facility is a residing instance of Farmer Focus’ dedication to high quality, innovation, security and tradition,” stated Bob Bahr, vice chairman of operations of Farmer Focus. “From our technological and automation investments to our design selections, we prioritized each manufacturing effectivity and plant staff’ security and high quality of life. That diligence reveals on daily basis on our manufacturing ground and speaks to a stage of security that, in my 40-plus 12 months profession, I’ve solely seen achieved right here at Farmer Focus.”
Farmer Focus additionally touted its security requirements to associate with its natural and humane marks. The corporate stated it achieved greater than 4 million man-hours with no misplaced workday damage and a complete recordable incident charge of .90, nicely under the business commonplace of three.5.
Different options of the packaging facility embrace a containment space for all stormwater, roofed-in recycling and trash space, emission-free rooftop hygienic items and wastewater pretreatment facility to deal with all processed water. Farmer Focus additionally invested in a cardboard discount and recycling program.
The corporate beforehand stated it’s the solely 100% natural and humane licensed hen firm with a mission to advertise and shield generational household farms. Source