Poultry processing company to create 102 jobs in Harrisonburg

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A new poultry processing company is expected to bring 102 jobs to Harrisonburg. Shenandoah Processing LLC, located at the site of a former poultry processing facility, will serve the market for organically raised and “all-natural” chicken.

During the three-year project, the company will invest more than $2.2 million in capital improvements and purchase $160 million of poultry from Virginia growers.

Shenandoah Processing is owned by Corwin Heatwole who also owns Shenandoah Valley Organics, a poultry growing operation. Shenandoah Processing will process poultry for Shenandoah Valley Organics as well as growers who want to have poultry prepared for retail sale. Shenandoah Processing expects to process 50,000 birds a day by its third year in operation.

Gov. Bob McDonnell approved a $50,000 matching grant from the Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Fund for the project.

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