Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Rymer Poultry Plant Planned at Madill

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Rymer Poultry Plant Planned at Madill

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A lot of clucking and feather fanning was going on in Madill on Friday.

Talk among the 3,000 residents centered around the announcement that the poultry industry was hatching in Madill and will inject about 1,500 new jobs to the ailing Marshall County and surrounding economy.

Rymer's Foods Inc., based in Chicago, board of directors voted Thursday to move forward with plans to expand with an integrated broiler operation in Madill, said company treasurer Mike Quane.

Operations would include a feed mill, incubator and processing plant. Quane said the effect of the expansion to the company's 1988 sales of $375 million had not been calculated. He noted the move is contingent upon financing and other operations regulations.

Construction of the feed mill and processing plant should commence next summer, with completion of the project in the next 18 to 24 months, said Ron Armitage, executive director of the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce.

Armitage said the feed mill, processing plant and incubator represent an estimated $38 million investment for Rymer's. He said another $40 million would be spent contracting chicken houses in the surrounding communities.

"That's what's so wonderful about this industry," Armitage said, referring to the satellite business it will perpetuate.

Chicken growing also will be a new industry to the area, he said, but agriculture is firmly planted in the community.

Other related industry that is anticipated, he said, include grain growers, fertilizer shipping or manufacturing and the initial construction jobs created.

Diversification is what it is all about.

Armitage noted that Marshall County, the smallest in the state, along with neighboring Love, Johnson and Carter counties, have been dependent on the energy industry, which has waned considerably in recent years.

"We targeted the poultry industry about 18 months ago," because of its compatibility with the area, said Armitage.

"It's heaven sent."

When in full operation, the new plant would process one million broilers a week, he noted. He said farmers and ranchers within a 50-mile radius will feel the impact of a new business like Rymer's. …

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