Allen Harim to build 70,000-square-foot hatchery near Dagsboro

Chicken producer and processor Allen Harim on Tuesday announced plans to invest $22 million to build a state-of-the art hatchery in Dagsboro. The new facility will have an egg-set capacity of 2.5 million eggs per week.

“Our ‘No Antibiotic Ever’ policy requires us to provide the healthiest start possible to each and every bird, and this new facility — the most technologically-advanced hatchery on Delmarva — will deliver that,” said President and CEO Joe Moran. “It will be also be more energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly.”

The new 70,000-square-foot facility will be built on the company’s 19.84-acre site on Nine Foot Road in Dagsboro. The Sussex County Council recently approved tying into the county’s sewer and water infrastructure, which will alleviate the need for on-site spray irrigation.

When the new facility is complete, the company will close two older hatcheries — one in Seaford and one in Dagsboro — and employees at both locations will be offered opportunities at the new hatchery or at other Allen Harim facilities, representatives said.

Headquartered in Seaford, Allen Harim operates a chicken processing facility in Harbeson; a breeding operation in Liberty, N.C.; a hatchery in Dagsboro; and a hatchery and feed mill in Seaford. The company employs more than 1,750 people in the United States, as well as more than 230 independent growers and 20 company farms across Delmarva.