Chicken plant opens new corporate headquarters in Del.

From left to right, Jake Meadows from Delmarva Veteran Builders, Senator Brian Pettyjohn, Rep. Ruth Briggs King, Sen. Gerald Hocker, Sussex County Councilman Rob Arlett, President and CEO Joe Moran, Gov. John Carney, Sussex County Administrator Todd Lawson, Former Ag Secretary Ed Kee, Jungwon Kim, Executive Director of Business Strategies Dr. Key Lee, Chief Financial Officer Brian Hildreth, and Lee Beauchamp of Delmarva Veteran Builders.  (Courtesy of Allen Harim)

A local chicken plant says their new headquarters is now located in Millsboro.

Allen Harim says on Thursday, the company opened its new corporate headquarters in Millsboro. Officials say the nearly century-old company was previously located in Seaford since it was founded in 1919. According to company officials, the new 18,900 square-foot headquarters is located in the former Vlasic pickle plant the company purchased in 2014. Delmarva Veteran Builders(DVB) completed the renovation. 

Officials say a deboning operation in a small part of the facility was approved by Sussex County officials. Officials report that the 50,000 square foot space will employ 165 people who will be deboning chicken for customers. The chicken will apparently be processed in Harbeson and then brought to Millsboro by truck to the deboning plant. 

Sen. Gerald Hocker, Sen. Brian Pettyjohn, Rep. Ruth Briggs King, and Sussex County Councilman Rob Artlett were among the elected officials present for the ribbon cutting at the new facility.

Officials say the deboning operation at the new facility is expected to begin this fall after the necessary permits have been obtained.

In reference to the new corporate headquarters in Millsboro, Allen Harim CEO Joe Moran says, "We've invested in Delaware through expansions at our feed mill, processing plant, and broke ground last year on a new $22 million hatchery. This new corporate headquarters is just part of our investment here at our facility in Millsboro, with more to come. We are well positioned looking forward to our next 100 years on Delmarva."

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