Holly Poultry to build new processing plant, add 100 jobs

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Holly Poultry is expanding in Baltimore with a construction of a new processing plant that will create 100 new jobs.

The company contracted Merritt Construction, the construction arm of Merritt Properties LLC, to build a new 37,500-square-foot building at 2121 Wicomico St. The new building will allow Holly Poultry to separate its processing business from its wholesale commodity business. Holly Poultry declined to release the cost of the facility.

Holly Poultry is a family-owned processor of poultry products and a wholesale distributor of poultry, pork, beef and other refrigerated products. Holly Poultry has been in business in Baltimore under the current management since 1990, growing from 20 employees to now more than 180.

The new facility will repurpose Holly Poultry’s obsolete industrial site located in the St. Paul’s Community and give the business the space it needs to continue to expand its product offerings.

“For the past several years, Holly’s growth has been hampered by lack of space,” said Zach Fine, vice president of Holly Poultry. “Now, working with Merritt, we are taking 17 acres of urban blight and turning it into a state-of-the-art processing facility.”

Holly Poultry said workers have already begun setting steel, and it expects the new space to become operational in January 2017, then plans to renovate the existing facility which will house its wholesale commodity division.

The expansion is expected to result in the hiring of an additional 100 full-time employees. The facility will also feature a new test kitchen and new equipment including conveyors, marinating, sizing and deboning lines.

Source:  bizjournals.com, 8-18-2016

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