Minnich Poultry

Minnich Poultry seeks abatement for adding 320,000 laying hens
Commercial Review By MARY ANN LEWIS, Commercial Review

A proposed addition to a poultry farm in Noble Township, that will also add six more jobs, would make it one of the county’s largest agricultural employers, an economic development official said Wednesday.

Jay County Development Corp. executive director Bob Quadrozzi presented a tax abatement request to the Jay County Council from Minnich Poultry LLC on a proposed $730,000 addition to the poultry farm. The six additional employees will bring the total employed by the eastern Jay County company to 42.

“To the best of my knowledge it is the largest agricultural employer in the county,” Quadrozzi told the council.

Steve and Margaret Reier, administration managers for the operation, located at 8563 East 300 North, are seeking the abatement on a poultry housing unit that will add 320,000 laying hens.

“With that addition, it brings that facility to over one million hens laying eggs,” Quadrozzi said.

Subcontract labor associated with de-beaking and poxing the additional pullets as well as subcontract labor to move the pullets into the new building are also used in the operation, Quadrozzi explained.

Construction is set to begin in September and be completed in June, 2007.

Margaret Reier told the council the new addition will be located in line with the existing buildings.

“We’ve never received any complaints from anyone in that area (about the operation),” Quadrozzi added.

The council approved sending the request on to the tax abatement advisory committee for its approval and is expected to vote on a recommendation at its August meeting.

A tax abatement is a phase-in of new taxes due on new real property (buildings) or equipment.

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