However, Allen’s corporate-owned grow-out farms and related farmland operations would continue to be owned by AFF. Approximately 2,300 people in Delaware, Maryland and North Carolina are employed by AFF.
Any acquisition of Allen's operations will require bankruptcy court approval. "Pending court approval, our intention would be to commence operations as soon as possible." said Dave Page, Mountaire CEO.
Mountaire Farms also announced expansion plans for its processing facilities in Selbyville and Millsboro, Del. The planned expansion will increase the need for area poultry growers to support an additional 400,000 birds per week.
“Although the poultry industry continues to face challenges, we are optimistic about the opportunities for growth in the Delmarva region and expect the benefits in the coming years to justify the investment needed for expansion,” Pogge said.