Ionia Co. poultry farm to add cage-free facilities, jobs

IONIA, Mich. (WOOD) — An Ionia-based poultry farm plans to expand its business, creating an estimated  33 jobs and $16.3 million in capital investment.

Herbruck’s Poultry Ranch, Inc. will be constructing three cage-free pullet-rearing facilities to raise 2.5 million young hens annually in Ionia, according to a company release. The project is expected to take three years to complete.

In addition to construction at Herbruck’s, the plans call for upgrades to Haynor and Rector roads around the ranch, so they can accommodate increased truck traffic in all seasons.

In 2015, Herbruck’s underwent an expansion that was expected to create 50 new jobs.

The project is being supported by grants from the Michigan Department of Transportation, Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development and Easton Township.