- Associated Press - Saturday, October 10, 2015

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) - A company that hatches chicks to provide hens for egg producers is considering building a hatchery in central Nebraska that would produce 24 million day-old chicks a year.

Hendrix-ISA, of Ephrata, Pennsylvania, is developing plans to build a hatchery at Grand Island’s Platte Valley Industrial Park-East, the Grand Island Independent reported (https://bit.ly/1JZzv0R ).

“We’re a company that produces day-old baby chicks that in turn are grown and produce the table eggs that you eat,” Hendrix sales manager Ken Alvarez told Grand Island’s Community Redevelopment Authority this week. “We support five different breeds of birds, both brown eggs and white eggs.”

Alvarez said the hatchery would create 50 new jobs.

Hendrix has applied for $2.5 million in tax-increment financing, under the business name Hatchery Holdings LLC, to build a hatchery on 20 acres. The Grand Island City Council is expected to consider approving the tax incentive on Tuesday.

Besides the hatchery, Hendrix-ISA expects to create about eight to nine breeder farms to feed eggs into the hatchery, Alvarez said. Those breeder farms will need workers and truck routes between the farms and the hatchery.

“Strategically, Grand Island fits our needs,” Alvarez said. “Logistically, this is where we need to be from a trucking standpoint.”

Grand Island officials noted that at least one other location outside the city is being considered by Hendrix.

Community Redevelopment Authority Director Chad Nabity said chicks from the hatchery would be crated up and trucked to regional layer operations, including those in Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, South Dakota, Colorado and Minnesota.


Information from: The Grand Island Independent, https://www.theindependent.com

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