New Harim hatchery could be a big positive

Allen Harim announced on Monday that they will be building a $22 million state-of-the-art hatchery near Dagsboro, with an egg-set capacity of 2.5 million eggs per week. That, it would appear, is a lot of eggs.

The new 70,000-square-foot facility will be built on the company’s 19.84-acre site on Nine Foot Road, according to Harim officials, and Sussex County Council has already signed off on tying the facility into the county’s sewer and water infrastructure. This, according to Harim, will alleviate the need for on-site spray irrigation.

That is not their only effort in providing safety to the environment, or the chickens themselves.

“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 also be more energy efficient and environmentally friendly.”

The company will reportedly close its other hatchery in Dagsboro, and one in Seaford, once the new one is completed, but officials said employees at both locations will have the opportunity to work at the new facility or other Allen Harim locations.

That makes it seem that the Dagsboro area could pick up some new employees, which would mean more people at Dagsboro restaurants and shops. This could be good for the entire Route 113 corridor, both economically and environmentally.