Pete Ricketts, Governor of US state Nebraska, was on hand in August to help celebrate the opening of Hendrix Genetics' new hatchery in Grand Island.
The $18.5 million facility covers 20 acres in the northeast section of Grand Island's Platte Valley Industrial Park. Jamesway was pleased to attend the grand opening as supplier of the plant's incubation, hatching and ventilation systems. "It is a fantastic state-of-the-art facility for this hatchery," said Ricketts, who toured the facility with Nebraska Department of Agriculture Director Greg Ibach. Also attending the ceremony was Antoon van den Berg, chief executive officer of Hendrix Genetics.
"This is a showcase for the company" van den Berg said.
This well publicised project aims to develop the local markets of the area and is heavily endorsed by local governments. The 24 million layer chick hatchery is supplied with Jamesway Platinum 2.0 Single-Stage incubators and hatchers. The hatchery demonstrates the commitment of Hendrix Genetics in serving the US market with premium quality day-old layer chicks. The site was chosen for its' prime location, which will allow a chick to be delivered anywhere in the US within 24 hours of hatching.
Jamesway systems were selected for installation in the facility, especially considering the company's focus on biosecurity.
Jamesway's Platinum 2.0 with its removable ECU allows the entire machine to be fully disinfected in minutes, making it the most biosecure machine on the market. The company also supplied HVAC systems to the plant.
The Nebraska-based facility is installing 30 P120 incubators and 18 P40 hatchers.
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