LONGVIEW, TX – May 27, 2021 – The Longview Economic Development Corporation (LEDCO) is thrilled to announce that Aviagen, a global poultry breeding company, is opening a new facility in Longview. LEDCO’s Board of Directors voted to approve a performance contract with Aviagen, which will be locating in the Longview Business Park.
Aviagen offers specialty breeding stock to customers in more than 100 countries worldwide under the Arbor Acres, Indian River, and Ross Brand names. These brands are among the most recognized and respected names in the industry. The company will make a capital investment of $27 million and create 65 new jobs. The project is expected to reach completion summer of 2022.
"Even throughout the pandemic, our North American customers have enjoyed a strong demand for healthy, affordable chicken meat,” added President of Aviagen North America Marc de Beer. “We are committed to securing the supply of quality Parent Stock to help our customers put food on the tables of families throughout North America and around the world. The new hatchery in Longview will play a big part in this goal.”
"I welcome Aviagen to Longview, I am thankful to the board and staff of LEDCO for helping make this project a reality," said Longview Mayor Dr. Andy Mack. "It is encouraging to see our business parks continue to attract new industry, significant investment, and new jobs into the community."
“On behalf of the LEDCO Board, we are thrilled that Aviagen has chosen to locate their new facility in Longview,” said Natalie Lynch, LEDCO Board Chairman. “Aviagen will bring a diverse set of jobs to our community which will be great for our workforce. This project is also further evidence that Longview is on the map for global companies and that makes us very excited for the future of our city.”
Since 1923, Aviagen® has been a preferred global poultry breeding company with a mission to help its customers -- the world’s chicken meat producers -- supply sustainable, affordable and nutritious protein to their growing communities. Putting into practice its corporate value of “Breeding Sustainability,” Aviagen implements efficiencies that make commercial chicken production environmentally and socially responsible and economically beneficial to producers, while at the same time promoting bird performance, health and welfare.
To meet varied market demands, Aviagen offers a full portfolio of breeding stock under the Arbor Acres®, Indian River® and Ross® brand names. The Rowan Range® and Specialty Males® target slower-growing and other niche market needs. Aviagen is based in Huntsville, Alabama, US., with operations across the UK, Europe, Turkey, Latin America, India, Australia, New Zealand, Africa and the US, and joint ventures in Asia. The company employs close to 8,000 people, and serves customers in 100 countries.