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Virginia Poultry Growers Cooperative - Our History

Virginia Poultry Growers Cooperative was incorporated in the Summer of 2004.  Our story is one of perseverance in the face of adversity.

In April of 2004 Pilgrims Pride, the owner of the Hinton Processing Facility, announced the closing of Operations within six months.  The Impact of the closure would be felt by nearly 170 farms, 1,800 employees and indirectly through the entire Shenandoah Valley.  Following this announcement, the owners of many of these farms banded together and VPGC was incorporated.

Though faced with many challenges, VPGC found support in the local farm-oriented community, and raised the funds necessary to purchase the Hinton Processing plant and Feed Mill located in Broadway, Va.  On November 29, 2004 VPGC began processing turkeys.

The farmers that make up the cooperative have been growing turkeys for decades.  Many of these farms have been passed down through generations. Today the only difference is they grow an even better turkey and the farmers keep the profits.