Ozark Mountain Poultry to Consolidate Front Half Deboning Operations

ROGERS, Ark., April 7, 2016 –Rogers, Arkansas-based Ozark Mountain Poultry (OMP) announced plans to consolidate its front half deboning operations into its new facility at Batesville, AR., in April.  As a result, the plant in Warren, AR, will be closing operations April 7.  This closure will impact approximately 200 employees.

According to Ed Fryar, CEO of OMP, a combination of factors contributed to the decision, including the available space in the new Batesville, AR, facility, and a desire to reduce the company’s footprint to provide greater efficiencies. “Consolidation allows us to create greater value for our customers and to simultaneously reduce our carbon footprint.   Also, the new facility in Batesville was an unknown at the time we began operations in Warren.”

“This was a very difficult decision to make.  The quality of the available work force in Warren was very good for us, and we are very appreciative of our Warren-based employees,” says Fryar.  “We encourage them to apply for openings at either of our Batesville or Rogers locations, and will also try to assist them in finding other opportunities in the Warren area.”

“We would also like to thank the officials of the city of Warren and Bradley County for the overwhelming support that they have extended to us during our time in Warren,“ says Fryar.

Overall, OMP continues to grow its operations.  “We will be hiring 400 people as a result of our expansions in the Batesville area,” says Fryar.  Interested applicants can pick up an application at Arkansas Dept. of Workforce Services or Goodwill in Batesville.

OMP produces premium quality chicken for the restaurant industry and its products are also available at a variety of grocery retailers throughout the U.S. through its consumer-based brand Forester Farmer’s Market®.

Ozark Mountain Poultry Purchases Newport Grain Elevator

ROGERS, Ark., July 17, 2015 – Ozark Mountain Poultry (OMP), a vertically integrated poultry company based in Rogers, Ark., announced today the purchase of a 1.5 million bushel capacity grain elevator located in Newport, AR.

The purchase ties into OMP’s goal of sourcing all of the grain used to produce feed for its poultry growers from farms within a 150-mile radius of its Batesville complex. CEO Ed Fryar said the purchase will help the company control what its chickens are fed; and, by bringing OMP and farmers closer together, the facility will help lower costs for the company and provide more grain marketing alternatives for farmers.

“This facility fits well as a complement to our elevator located at Bay and our feed mill under construction at Magness,” said Dr. Ed Fryar, CEO, Ozark Mountain Poultry. “More importantly, it provides opportunities for corn farmers in the area by bringing another delivery point and competition to the marketplace.”

The facility will focus on buying and storing corn and will be open for business to receive corn during the 2015 harvest. Those interested in grain selling opportunities should contact the facility’s General Manager, David Williams, at (870) 834-5050.

 

Ozark Mountain Poultry Expands Operations in Independence County

Ozark Mountain Poultry (OMP), a vertically integrated poultry company based in Rogers continues to expand in Arkansas. In addition to building a new feed mill in Magness to support its growing operations, OMP will purchase the building next door to its Batesville facility.  OMP plans to retrofit that building to accommodate a poultry processing line.  “Instead of adding on to our existing facility or having to build a new structure from scratch, the purchase of the building next door will allow us to complete our expansion with minimal disruption to our current processing”, said OMP CEO, Ed Fryar.   Target completion is scheduled for early 2016.

Fryar also shared that the additions are a reflection of the company’s growth. “We’re proud to continue to build our business operations in Arkansas and deliver quality products to consumers around the country.”

OMP produces premium quality chicken for the restaurant industry and its products are also available at a variety of grocery retailers throughout the country through its consumer-based brand Forester Farmer’s Market.

Ozark Mountain Poultry to Celebrate Warren Facility Opening

ROGERS, Ark., Sept. 30, 2014 – Rogers, Arkansas-based Ozark Mountain Poultry (OMP) is expanding its footprint in the state with the Oct. 3 opening of a poultry deboning facility in a former poultry facility located at 110 Industrial Park Drive, just south of Highway 278 in Warren. OMP will initially employ approximately 124 people from the Warren area with opportunities to add a second shift and double its employment in the future. The facility will help the company meet the progressively growing demand for its product.

 “We are very happy to be opening this facility in Warren,” said Ed Fryar, CEO, Ozark Mountain Poultry. “Warren is a wonderful community, and we’ve been able to hire great employees that will help us bring greatchicken to consumers across the country.”

 OMP produces premium quality chicken for the restaurant industry and its products are also available at a variety of grocery retailers throughout the U.S. through its consumer-based brand Forester Farmer’s Market.

Warren Mayor Bryan Martin, Chamber of Commerce President Dave King and other local officials will join Fryar and members of the OMP team for the ribbon-cutting ceremony and official opening of the facility. Production is scheduled to begin Wednesday, October 1.

 

 

 

 

Editor’s Note: A grand opening ceremony will be held at the facility on Friday, Oct. 3 at 3 p.m. Media is invited to attend. Opportunities to interview OMP CEO Ed Fryar are available at or prior to the event.

Ozark Mountain Poultry Purchases Jonesboro-Area Grain Elevator

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ROGERS, Ark., July 21, 2014 – Ozark Mountain Poultry (OMP), a vertically integrated poultry company based in Rogers, Ark., announced today the purchase of a 1.7 million bushel capacity grain elevator located near Jonesboro in Bay, Ark.

OMP produces premium quality chicken for the restaurant industry and its products are also available at a variety of grocery retailers throughout the country through its consumer-based brand Forester Farmer’s Market.

With the purchase, OMP will plan to source all of the grain used to produce feed for its poultry growers from farms within a 150-mile radius of its Batesville complex. It also gives the company the ability to source, store and preserve the identity of grain with no genetic modification (non-GMO). CEO Ed Fryar said the purchase will help the company control what its chickens are fed. And by bringing OMP and farmers closer together, the facility will help lower costs for the company and provide more grain pricing alternatives for farmers.

“We couldn’t be happier about the opportunities this facility will provide our company,” said Dr. Ed Fryar, CEO, Ozark Mountain Poultry. “More importantly, we’re excited for what it brings to the people involved, specifically Northeast Arkansas farmers, our poultry growers in the Batesville area, our employees in Batesville and Rogers and our customers across the country.”

The acquisition follows the company’s purchase of the former Pilgrim’s Pride processing facility in Batesville, Ark., in November 2013, a move that saved approximately 250 jobs in that community.

Initially, the facility will focus on buying, selling and storing corn, with planned expansion to wheat and soybeans in the future. Farmers currently selling grain to the facility should experience no disruption. Those interested in grain selling opportunities should contact facility manager David Hundley at (870) 770-1902.

The company will be hosting an event to give the local community an opportunity to come by and learn more about their operations. This event will be held on Monday, August 4, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Northeast Arkansas Exhibition Center located at 7001 E. Johnson, Jonesboro.

 

 

 

Ozark Mountain Poultry Expands with Opening of Batesville Facility

ROGERS, Ark., October 31, 2013 – Ozark Mountain Poultry (OMP), a vertically integrated poultry company based in Rogers, Ark., announced today that its newly expanded operations in Batesville, Ark., will open Nov. 11.

OMP will employ approximately 250 people from the Batesville area when it begins operations and anticipates employment numbers will rise as production capacity increases. OMP currently produces more than 1.5 million pounds of antibiotic free poultry per week at its Rogers facility for the restaurant industry and its consumer-based brand, Forester Farmer’s Market. With the addition of Batesville, that number will double to approximately 3 million pounds per week.

“We are thrilled to be part of the Batesville community and to expand operations in our home state,” said Dr. Ed Fryar, CEO, Ozark Mountain Poultry. “Our goal when we founded the company 13 years ago was to provide affordable, premium, quality chicken to families. With the purchase of the Batesville site, we will be able to meet the growing demands of consumers for healthy, antibiotic free chicken.”

Pilgrim’s Pride announced plans to close the facility earlier this year. “As part of our long-term growth strategy, Ozark Mountain Poultry continuously evaluates opportunities to better serve our customers, employees and investors,” added Fryar. “We believe the acquisition of the Batesville facility was a smart decision for our business and those we serve.”

Company leaders anticipate a two-week transition period to retrofit the facility with new equipment, perform needed building renovations and allow additional time for local family farmers to raise the antibiotic free chicken to OMP specifications.

OMP plans to hold a ribbon cutting on Friday, Nov. 8 to celebrate the facility opening.