David Libertini, vice president of Hybrid Turkeys Americas, says only “parent” turkeys will be bred at the 30,000-square-foot facility.
“We’ll hatch about two-and-a-half million parent females here, mothers, and their offspring will produce about 250-million turkeys,” Libertini says. “So, across the country, 250-million turkeys will be able to say, ‘My mother was born in Beatrice.'”
Beatrice Mayor Stan Wirth says it was the team approach that made it possible for the new facility to be constructed in the area.
“It is community cooperation and leadership that has completed this project,” Mayor Wirth says. “Beatrice is making strategic plans and moves to grow our economy and our workforce. We work hard every day on economic development.”
Governor Pete Ricketts attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony and says the facility will benefit the entire state.
“The whole vision for our administration is to grow Nebraska,” Governor Ricketts says. “By having Hendrix Hybrid Turkeys here today, opening this new hatchery facility, they are making an investment in our state and in the city of Beatrice and they are helping to create that opportunity.”
The company has contracted with farms in Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri to raise turkeys. The facility is divided into two parts. Half of the building focuses on the incubation process while the other half is designated for hatching.
It will be in full operation in a few weeks and employ 25 people.
Story and photo by Dave Niedfeldt, KWBE, Beatrice