The Maschhoffs are in the process of purchasing Smithfield Farms of Albin, Wyo., as part of their plan to align the company’s western footprint with their current customer base.
On Monday, company president Bradley Wolter hosted a supper for Albin residents to meet the potential new owners of the local Smithfield operation.
The Maschhoffs have been an independent supplier to Smithfield for many years and recently made the decision to purchase the Albin farm. It has about 13,500 sows and will also include nursery and finishing space, a feed mill and a truck wash station.
“This purchase supports our operating strategy in the western portion of our system. In addition, these farms will benefit from the support of our regional team in Arapahoe, Neb.,” Wolter says.
The Maschhoffs, a family-owned operation, is the fourth-largest, hog-production company in North America and raises 5 million pigs each year. They currently operate in Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri, Oklahoma and Indiana. Wyoming will make the seventh state where The Maschhoffs own farms.
The purchase is expected to be completed by the end of October, a representative of The Maschhoffs says. A purchase price has not been disclosed at this time.
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