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Peco Foods to Acquire Townsends Poultry Complex

by 5m Editor
21 February 2011, at 9:06am

US - Peco Foods is set to acquire Townsends Poultry Complex in Batesville, Arkansas.

Peco Foods Inc. has contracted to acquire the physical assets of the Batesville, Arkansas, poultry complex owned by Townsends, Inc. and subsidiaries, reports The Poultry Federation. In addition to the plant, feed mill and hatchery facilities, Peco will purchase selected inventories, according to an announcement by Mark Hickman, CEO of the Tuscaloosa, Alabama-based poultry company.

Mr Hickman said: "We are pleased to add the Townsend Foods complex in northeast Arkansas to our operations. The Batesville plant is very similar to our complex in Sebastopol, Mississippi, and will fit seamlessly with our overall market strategy and growth plan."

Like Peco Foods, Townsends, Inc. is a third-generation, family-owned poultry processor. Founded in 1891, Townsends filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy late last year, and the assets were sold at auction earlier this week. Mr Hickman said the transaction will close on 25 February and there will be a quick transition to production in Batesville under the new Peco ownership.

He added: "This is an ideal opportunity for us to expand our production capacity at the right time in Peco's history. It is a very positive move for our company."

Peco Foods is a family-owned business with four kill plants, two further processing plants, four hatcheries and four feed mills located in Alabama and Mississippi.