House of Raeford Farms, Rose Hill, N.C., announced plans to sell its Mocksville, N.C.-based chicken cook plant to Brakebush Brothers, Inc., Westfield, Wis.

In December 2017, the House of Raeford facility was badly damaged in a fire. The 72,000-square-foot plant will be restored with state-of-the-art processing equipment, and will accommodate three production lines, when fully utilized. The facility, which first opened doors, is projected to be completed by early 2019.

“House of Raeford is pleased that Brakebush, one of the country’s premier further processing companies, will rebuild, up-fit and continue to operate the Mocksville plant following the fire last December,” says Bob Johnson, owner and CEO of House of Raeford CEO. “The transaction will maintain quality employment and business opportunities in the community through the continued operation of this facility. We appreciate the patience of our employees through this transition.”

In addition to the asset sale, the transaction provides for long-term reciprocal supply agreements between the parties. This transaction will result in continued production and employment in the area, an assured supply of raw material for Brakebush and its customers and a continued supply of quality, fully cooked chicken products for House of Raeford customers.

Brakebush plans to retain the employment of many of the management, administrative and hourly staff. The plant will employ over 300 team members when at full capacity.