Joyce Farms, Clemmons, N.C., celebrated the completion of a 10,400-square-foot expansion to its USDA-inspected poultry processing Clemmons, N.C., headquarters plant.

The expansion adds 10,400 square feet of space to the company’s previously 32,350-square-foot facility. It also includes a new warehouse of dry storage space for labels, packaging and other materials, and a new, state-of-the-art hatchery that will greatly improve the company’s capacity to incubate and hatch birds in its Heritage Poultry line. The hatchery will house three types of birds that are a part of the company's heritage line — the Poulet Rouge chicken, which is an authentic Label Rouge chicken, the Pintade Fermiere, which is a French Guinea hen, and the Heritage White Pheasant.

Expanding the facility was necessary to accommodate growing demand among chefs for their specialty poultry, beef and game products, says Ron Joyce, president and CEO.

“Over the last three years, we have seen increased demand for our pasture-raised heritage poultry, beef and game products,” adds Joyce. “We’re thrilled by the response, and look forward to making Joyce Farms available to even more chefs, restaurant goers and home cooks.”

With the addition, Joyce Farms will retain its artisanal processes and strict quality control measures. Birds will continue to be individually processed by hand from start to finish, allowing for precise inspection. The plant maintains a 100% score in animal welfare by a third-party auditing company.

The design and construction team for the expansion includes Landmark Builders, Winston-Salem, N.C.; West & Stem Architects, Winston-Salem, N.C.; and Landwehrmann Engineering PLLC, Greensboro, N.C.