There’s going to be a new turkey hatchery in Beresford, with Tuesday bringing a grand opening for the hatchery from Hendrix Genetics.
“It’s just a real validation of the kind of climate we have for business in the state, and the benefits to come … a community like Beresford are just tremendous, so we’re very pleased to see the investment here,” said Aaron Scheibe, deputy commissioner with the South Dakota Governor’s Office of Economic Development.
Raf Beeren with Hendrix Genetics says when the facility opens, 35 million turkey eggs will hatch there annually.
“The dirty and hard work is all automated with robotics,” Beeren said.
“Overall, I think this was about a $25, 30 million investment just here in Beresford, and I think it’s right now about 40 jobs,” Scheibe said.
More are expected in the future. KELOLAND News asked Scheibe why this southeastern South Dakota location was chosen for the hatchery.
“I think there’s a lot of reasons Beresford had an advantage,” Scheibe said. “First of all, they were a very welcoming, very open community, really did engage very closely with the company, and kind of try to meet their needs.”
But it’s not just Beresford that will benefit from the new business.
“There’s also some impact elsewhere in the state,” Scheibe said. “There’s been a number of laying barns that have been built up around Ipswich that our office has also supported. And it really, in total, means almost a $70 million investment in the state.”