Dec 15, 2023

Aviagen Opens 9th US Hatchery in Longview, Texas


Five participants cutting the ribbon at the hatchery

Pictured L-R: Timothy Smith, Director of Business Retention & Expansion and Workforce Development, Longview Economic Development Corp.; Trey Hooper, Hatchery Manager, Aviagen; Marc de Beer, President Aviagen North America; Jason Anderson, VP of Agricultural Development, Henning Companies; Larry B. Smith, Jr., President, L.B. Smith & Associate

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Aligned with an ongoing commitment to food security in the US and worldwide, Aviagen® proudly announces the inauguration of a state-of-the-art poultry hatchery in Longview, Texas, and has already seen a successful first Parent Stock shipment. This marks Aviagen’s ninth hatchery in the United States and first in the state of Texas. The global breeding company celebrated the hatchery’s grand opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Dec. 14, joined by state and local officials.

Major investment in food security

Representing a substantial investment, the new facility reflects a major commitment to food security and economic growth, as well as bird welfare and sustainability. It will make a positive impact on the poultry supply chain, with the capacity to set 1.1 million eggs per week, and will bring new employment opportunities to the area.

Innovating for heightened biosecurity, welfare and sustainability

The location was chosen after careful consideration, taking into account its secure isolation from other bird populations, proximity to regional and international airports, and the availability of a high-quality workforce. The facility is equipped with innovative features designed to ensure strict biosecurity measures, and optimal bird welfare; furthermore, a significant investment has been made in cutting-edge equipment for hatchery automation. This level of automation strengthens the hatchery’s production efficiency, capacity, biosecurity and chick quality; moreover, it provides a safe and ergonomic environment for employees.

Aligned with Aviagen’s sustainability goals, the hatchery also incorporates energy-efficient technology and environmentally friendly practices.

The facility highlights Aviagen’s commitment to animal welfare and biosecurity, ensuring the health and well-being of chicks throughout the hatching process, ultimately contributing to the company’s mission to promote food security and sustainable growth.

Dr. Marc de Beer, President of Aviagen North America, remarked, “We are proud to introduce our Longview hatchery, our response to the increasing demand for quality breeding stock that will serve as a sustainable food source. This facility is a testament to our commitment to 'Breeding Success Together' with local poultry producers, supporting their growth and success as they diligently feed communities in North America and worldwide.”

De Beer added that Aviagen would like to thank the Longview hatchery team and all who contributed to making the hatchery a reality.