Industry News

Poultry Briefs: Omtron closing; Perdue goes solar

August 11, 2011
/ Print / Reprints /
/ Text Size+


The Associated Press and Raleigh (N.C.) News & Observer reported that Omtron expects in early October to close two poultry plants in Siler City, N.C., and Mocksville, N.C., and end contracts with as many as 200 chicken farmers in four nearby counties. AP noted that Ukrainian billionaire Oleg Bakhmatyuk bought Townsends' North Carolina assets out of bankruptcy in February for $25 million. The two plants employ about 1,000 people.

Perdue Farms Inc., Salisbury, Md., said it has begun operating "one of the largest commercially-owned solar power systems" in the eastern United States, near Bridgeville, Del. Officials said the Bridgeville installation of 6,720 solar panels will supply electricity to a nearby Perdue feed mill and Perdue AgriBusiness grain facility. They noted that this represents the first phase of a total 11,000 panels being installed at two Perdue facilities. The second phase of the installation is currently under construction at the Perdue corporate offices in Salisbury and is expected to be complete in October 2011.

Officials said thepanels are owned by Washington Gas Energy Services and were installed by Standard Solar, Rockville, Md. Perdue will purchase green electricity generated by the solar panels at guaranteed prices. Perdue estimates that both systems will generate a combined average of 3,700 megawatt hours of electricity each year, or the amount of power used by 340 typical U.S. homes. At peak production, the panels will produce as much as 90 percent of the electrical demand for each Perdue facility.

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to Refrigerated & Frozen Foods magazine.

You must login or register in order to post a comment.



Image Galleries

OSI, 2014 Refrigerated Foods Processor of the Year

Find out how this global food provider secured a new supply chain global trading platform, opened a new culinary innovation center and continues to keep food safety top of mind.

Read cover story here.
Read plant story here.

7/31/14 12:00 pm EDT

Engaging the Manufacturing Workforce to Drive Business Improvement

AIOE’s Workforce Development Solutions Group will soon release its work product, “The Engagement Framework”. This is a robust resource tool that both CPGs and suppliers should find useful in their organizations. Attendees will learn of the key attributes of Engagement, and cases and lessons learned on how to apply these guiding lessons within your company. The value proposition is fundamental to business success in our industry: business performance, competitive globally, recruitment and retention.

Processors On The Rise...

What aspects of an up-and-coming company are most important for it to become successful in the cold food marketplace?
View Results Poll Archive

Refrigerated and Frozen Foods Magazine


2014 September

Refrigerated & Frozen Foods' September 2014 issue features the six Processors to Watch in 2015 and the Cold Storage Construction Guide.

Table Of Contents Subscribe

The Refrigerated and Frozen Food Store

Cold Packaging Materials Guide

A guide to cold packaging containers and materials.

More Products

Refrigerated & Frozen Foods Delivers

RFF Infographic 133x133Click here to see a snapshot of the many different ways Refrigerated & Frozen Foods delivers business and technology solutions to cold chain professionals.

Buyer's Guide

Visit our Buyer's Guide!

Refrigerated & Frozen Foods offers a Cold Packaging Materials Guide, as well as a Cold Storage Warehouse Guide, the most comprehensive listing of cold storage warehouses.

Visit the Buyer's Guide page today!


facebook_2014 twitter_40px youtube_40pxlinkedin_40px