Mountaire Farms to Purchase 3 Grain Elevators on MD’s Eastern Shore

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Mountaire Farms will soon have three key locations for grain elevators on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. The poultry company has signed a Letter of Intent with Nagel Farm Service to purchase the three grain elevators – in Preston, Cordova and Wye Mills. Nagel will retain its other businesses. In the coming weeks, Mountaire expects…

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Chicken Chat: Delmarva Chicken Association Releases 2021 Facts

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Chicken is a big deal on Delmarva.How big?According to the Delmarva Chicken Association 2021 fact sheet, the region’s chicken community produced 567-million chickens last year, generating 4.2-billion pounds of shelf- and table-ready chicken.Wholesale value of Delmarva chicken was also reported at a record $4.2-billion.Independent chicken growers experienced a slight decline in income from 2020 to…

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Mountaire Mobilizes For “Easter For Thousands”

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“Easter for Thousands…”Mountaire Farms is expecting about 100 volunteers Wednesday in Selbyville to help pack about 3,000 meal boxes for local families in need.More than 50 churches and non-profits on Delmarva are taking part in the effort to feed up to 12,000 people. Each meal box includes a Mountaire roaster chicken, vegetables, mashed potatoes, gravy…

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Mountaire Selbyville Employees Vote To Certify Teamsters

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According to Mountaire Farms, an overwhelming majority of employees at its Selbyville processing plant who are members of Teamsters Local 355 have voted to remove the union. The National Labor Relations Board counted the votes, following an in-person election that was overseen by an NLRB official. The vote was 140-29 to separate from the union.…

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NLRB Certifies Vote At Mountaire-Selbyville To Oust Union

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The National Labor Relations Board has certified the results of an election in which employees of Mountaire Farms in Selbyville voted overwhelmingly to separate from United Food and Commercial Workers Local 27. An election last year was legally challenged and the results were thrown out without a ballot count. In the recent election, the vote…

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Mountaire Farms Employees in Selbyville Show Union the Door

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Mountaire Farms employees at the Selbyville processing plant have fired their Union, the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 27. The mail-in ballots were counted Thursday at the National Labor Relations board regional office in Baltimore with 356 voting against the union and 80 voting for the union. The Selbyville plant has had union representation…

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Blessings For Badges Will Deliver Holiday Meals To 1st Responders On Duty

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First responders in Sussex and Kent Counties who will be on duty Thanksgiving Day will not have to go without a holiday meal. Blessings for Badges, a volunteer-led non-profit founded in 2018, will prepare and deliver meals for police officers, firefighters, dispatchers, paramedics and correctional officers. Numerous restaurants are contributing trays of food (,J.D. Shuckers,…

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Mountaire Employees File to Oust UFCW Union at Selbyville Plant

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Employees at Mountaire’s Selbyville processing plant will get the chance to vote to get rid of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 27 later this month, according to the National Labor Relations Board. An employee-led petition last month was accepted by the NLRB, which sets in motion the process to let employees vote…

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Superior Court Approves Mountaire Wastewater Settlement

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The Delaware Superior Court approved a comprehensive $65 million settlement agreement today between Mountaire and a group of neighbors to resolve all remaining issues related to the 2017 upset that occurred at its wastewater treatment plant in Millsboro. Attorneys in the case reached the agreement last December, but it wasn’t final until the court approved.…

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‘Christmas For Thousands’ Will Feed About 3,000 Families

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About 3,000 meals will be on their way to families in need after a day of packing at Mountaire Farms’ Selbyville plant Monday in support of “Christmas for Thousands.” The food drive followed up on the chicken company’s Thanksgiving for Thousands initiative. Volunteers packed 3,000 boxes that contained a Mountaire Farms roaster chicken, corn, yams,…

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Mountaire hit with federal lawsuit by UFCW union over coronavirus working conditions

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United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 27, which represents nearly 1,000 poultry workers at Mountaire Farms, filed federal charges against the company for unfair labor practices. The charges allege that Mountaire Farms management violated federal labor law by (1) forcing workers represented by the union to attend captive employee meetings conducted without regard to…

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DNREC Accepting Written Public Comment on Agreement & Proposed Consent Decree between DNREC & Mountaire Farms in Millsboro

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On Dec.13, 2019, the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) entered into an Agreement and [Proposed] Consent Decree with Mountaire Farms of Delaware, Inc., to resolve spray irrigation and land application permit violations cited by DNREC in a Nov. 2, 2017 Notice of Violation (NOV). On Feb. 1, 2020, DNREC will publish a…

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Mountaire Farms first in the nation to become One Health Certified

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Mountaire Farms has become the first chicken company in the United States to become approved in One Health Certified™, a new comprehensive animal care program that is verified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. One Health Certified™ focuses on five core areas of animal production: disease prevention, veterinary care, responsible antibiotic use, animal welfare, and…

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DNREC Orders Mountaire Farms to Clean Up Wastewater at Millsboro Facility

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The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control says they have been notified of the accidental release of partially treated wastewater at Mountaire Farms of Delaware’s poultry processing facility in Millsboro. Mountaire Farms said they discovered the release at 5 a.m. on Wednesday, which resulted in the discharge of between 750,000 and 1 million…

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Mountaire Reviewing Hoosier Street Closure Options In Selbyville

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RELEASE FROM MOUNTAIRE FARMS:  At the request of the Selbyville Town Council, Mountaire Farms has been reviewing options for traffic flow on Hoosier Street, where the company’s processing plant is located. Although the company has been following the same process for decades, the town has raised concerns about live haul trucks backing across Hoosier Street…

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Donation from Mountaire Farms to Repair Selbyville Roadway

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Mountaire Farms is donating $210,000 towards the cost of improvements to Railroad Avenue in Selbyville.  The roadway has been closed since March after a metal culvert developed rust issues in 2015 – but only temporary repairs were done at the time.  It’s estimated that the cost to make the repairs is about $395,000 – the…

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Second Lawsuit Filed Against Mountaire Farms

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A second complaint has been filed on behalf of multiple plaintiffs against Moutaire Farms in Millsboro. Similar to the class action suit filed earlier this month, residents in the vicinity of the poultry processing plant have been living with air and water pollution issues since 2000, when Mountaire bought the company. Residents wells and water…

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Class Action Lawsuit Filed Today Against Mountaire Farms

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A class action lawsuit has been filed today against Mountaire Farms today alleging negligence, and recklessness among other things as the poultry processor in Millsboro continues to come under fire from neighbors who claim wastewater from its plant has polluted their wells. Lawyers for around 700 plaintiffs say the company has violated wastewater permits for…

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DNREC & Mountaire Enter into Consent Decree Over Violations at Millsboro Plant

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DNREC has filed a complaint in State Superior Court against Mountaire Farms.  The complaint requests civil penalties for the poultry company’s violations of its spray and land application permits at the Millsboro facility.  It calls for Mountaire to make short-term corrective measures, long-term system upgrades at the plant as well as environmental mitigation.  The complaint…

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