CENTURION Poultry Inc., a chick supplier to egg producers, has opened a new chick hatchery in Goldfield, Iowa, the CPI-Prairie Gold Hatchery.
More than 400 customers and guests toured the facility during opening ceremonies, prior to the hatchery being brought on line on Feb. 20, according to an announcement.
Centurion president Gijs Schimmel noted that the location for the hatchery was chosen due to Iowa's position as the largest egg-producing state in the U.S., with more than 50 million hens in production.
The 35,000 sq. ft. hatchery has an annual capacity to hatch 18 million pullet chicks and replaces the company's hatchery in Beaver Dam, Wis.
Centurion also has hatcheries in Alabama, Missouri, Pennsylvania and, in a partnership with Nelson Poultry Farms, in Kansas. The five hatcheries have a combined annual capacity to produce 55 million pullet chicks.
Centurion, headquartered in Lexington, Ga., produces Bovans, DeKalb and Tetra genetics.