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Gov. Pete Ricketts was on hand Tuesday to help celebrate the opening of Hendrix Genetics’ new hatchery in Grand Island.
The $18.5 million facility at 2325 W. Schimmer Drive covers 20 acres in the northeast section of Grand Island’s Platte Valley Industrial Park-East.
Along with Ricketts, representatives of Hendrix Genetics from Europe and North America were in attendance. The new hatchery operation will serve 10 percent of the U.S. market demand.
“It is not only a $20 million investment here that will create between 40 to 50 jobs, but it is going to allow area farmers to put up these barns for the eggs that will supply this hatchery and a diversified revenue stream for those farmers who are participating,” Ricketts said.
Taylor said the facility will not only have an economic impact on Grand Island, but Central Nebraska as a whole.
In addition to the main hatchery in Grand Island, 11 outlying barns to support the facility are planned for development within 100 miles of the facility, with eight already in progress or complete.
The barns are located in Buffalo, Fillmore, Franklin, Nuckolls, Merrick, York, Clay and Gosper counties.