SEAFORD, Del. - A local chicken plant announced that they are moving their headquarters to a new location, in Delaware.
Officials with Allen Harim Foods, LLC. announced on Monday, that they will move the headquarters to the former Vlasic pickle plant, just outside of Millsboro. The company apparently bought the pickle plant in 2014. The headquarters is currently in Seaford.
According to Allen Harim, Delmarva Veteran Builders (DVB) is hired to oversee the construction for the new headquarters. The new office is expected to be finished by the first quarter of 2018. Officials say the project will involve extensive interior renovations of about 20,000 square feet of space for the 50 employees who work in the company's headquarters as well as exterior renovations. The company is also exploring the use of solar energy to power at least part of the facility.
In reference to the changes, President and CEO Joe Moran says, "This is an exciting time for our company, as we approach our 100th anniversary on Delmarva in 2019. Seaford has been our home for the past century, but it's time to look forward to the future and where this company is heading. We've outgrown our space in Seaford, and this location puts us closer to our processing plant in Harbeson, and our brand new hatchery in Dagsboro which should be finished by next fall. This is an ideal location that gives us an opportunity to create a more modern and efficient workspace and we look forward to the next 100 years for Allen Harim."
"We are honored to have been chosen to be a part of this project. This is another great project that will help put veterans to work, and we applaud Allen Harim's continued investment on Delmarva and their commitment to our veterans," says Chris Eccleston, President of DVB and a U.S. Navy veteran.
Moran also says that the company is planning to house a deboning operation in about 50,000 square feet of the new facility, where chicken that has already been processed at its Harbeson plant will be deboned and repackaged for customers.
"This is work that's already being done outside of the state and we're excited to be bringing that work back to Delaware. We will be creating about 165 jobs in Millsboro and bringing back economic activity to our home state," Moran said.
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