Allen Harim has moved into a new corporate headquarters building near Millsboro with Delaware Gov. John Carney on hand Thursday to help cut a ribbon at the new facility on Thursday.
The company, which will celebrate 100 years in business next year, has been headquartered in Seaford since it was founded in 1919.
At the ribbon cutting Thursday, elected officials and guests included state Sen. Gerald Hocker, state Sen. Brian Pettyjohn, state Rep. Ruth Briggs King, and Sussex County Councilman Rob Artlett, among others.
The new 18,900 square-foot headquarters is located in the former Vlasic pickle plant the company purchased in 2014. The renovation was completed by Delmarva Veteran Builders (DVB), a company based in Salisbury, MD., that hires primarily veterans.
“We’ve invested in Delaware through expansions at our feed mill, processing plant, and broke ground last year on a new $22 million hatchery,” said Joe Moran, CEO of Allen Harim. “This new corporate headquarters is just part of our investment here at our facility in Millsboro, with more to come. We are well positioned looking forward to our next 100 years on Delmarva.”
The new corporate headquarters employs about 50 people, from the executive team, to accounting personnel, and the sales team. The new address is 29984 Pinnacle Way, Millsboro.
The 460,000-square foot building also houses a consignment warehouse operation that stores boxes and other packaging materials from International Paper and other vendors that are used in the Allen Harim production process.
Sussex County officials recently approved a deboning operation in a small part of the facility. The 50,000 square foot space will employ 165 people who will be deboning chicken for customers.
All of the chicken will be processed in Harbeson and then brought to Millsboro by truck to the deboning plant. Once all the necessary permits are obtained, that work is expected to begin this fall. Allen Harim currently ships that chicken to be deboned to Georgia for further processing.
Headquartered in Millsboro, Allen Harim operates a chicken processing facility in Harbeson; a breeding operation in Liberty, NC; a hatchery in Dagsboro; and a hatchery and feed mill in Seaford. The company employs more than 1,750 people in the United States, as well as more than 230 independent growers and 20 company farms across Delmarva.