July 30, 2019


House of Raeford announces US$40 million feed mill for US complex



House of Raeford Farms has announced construction would begin this summer on the US poultry processor's new feed mill in Arcadia, Louisiana, US.


The facility, to be located in Simsboro, Louisiana and Lincoln Parish, will be built at a cost of US$40 million and be capable of producing 12,500 tonnes of feed weekly - an amount that is double the capacity of House of Raeford's current mill.


The company will also make building modifications and add new equipment totaling over US$7 million to a hatchery in Gibsland, Louisiana, and a processing plant in Arcadia, Louisiana. As a result, its complex will add more than 100 new jobs. Live production will contract for 86 new poultry houses over the next two years with a new construction impact to the northwest Louisiana community of US$28 million.


"House of Raeford is committed to our operations in Louisiana as evidenced by these major capital expenditures and planned employment increases," said Bob Johnson, CEO of the family-owned and operated company. "In keeping with the growth objectives of our company, our Louisiana complex is also the first of our locations to offer "No Antibiotics Ever" chicken products to our customers."


Construction of the feed mill will take 18 months to two years to complete, but improvements to the hatchery and processing plant will be finished earlier. In addition to these capital upgrades, House of Raeford's totally rebuilt Wallace, North Carolina, processing facility reopened last year while its Greenville and Hemingway, South Carolina locations have recently undergone major equipment and facility improvements.


- House of Raeford