McDonnell Announces New Chicken Plant

All-Organic Shenandoah Processing Will Open By January’s End

Posted: December 9, 2013

Daily News-Record

HARRISONBURG — Gov. Bob McDonnell was in Harrisonburg Monday afternoon to announce the opening of Shenandoah Processing, Virginia’s first all-organic chicken plant.

The business, at 862 N. Liberty St., will be operational by the end of January, co-owner Corwin Heatwole said.

Within three years, Shenandoah Processing is expected to create more than 100 jobs and process 50,000 birds a day, many from growers whose poultry houses are currently out of production.

McDonnell noted many agricultural success stories during his four years of office. One of them, he said, is Shenandoah Processing, the eighth recipient of a $50,000 grant from the Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development program. The grant requires a $50,000 match from Harrisonburg.

“What it says is we believe in agricultural entrepreneurs,” McDonnell said.

 


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