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MORONI TURKEY COMPANY BUYS PLANT, FARMS

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Moroni Feed Co., the state's principal producer of commercial turkeys, is making a major expansion through the acquisition of several facilities in Sevier County.

The giant co-op, which has its main operation in Sanpete County, has purchased the Harward Farms and the Utah Turkey Growers processing plant in Salina for an undisclosed amount, said Moroni Feed Co. general manager Joe Nielson.The acquisition includes three farms in the Richfield and Salina areas. These farms are engaged in egg production.

The Salina plant will be utilized for processing parts of turkey carcasses into items like steaks, roasts and hamburger and producing cooked products like smoked turkey, Nielson said.

He explained that these items are becoming an increasing part of Moroni Feed's production.

"The acquisition of these facilities will move us closer to our goal of year-round production and increased efficiency," Nielson said.

When the conversion of the properties has been completed, the expansion will involve the employment of 60 to 100 people in Sevier County, according to Nielson.

Moroni Feed now has some facilities in both Juab and Washington counties.