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Poultry company rebounds from fire

May 2, 2019
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Herbruck’s Poultry Ranch is up and running today after a Tuesday fire killed approximately 250,000 hens.

No humans were injured in the blaze.

“The one building that was damaged was partially occupied at the time of the fire and sadly none of the birds in this building survived,” Herbruck’s Poultry Ranch said in a statement. “We are deeply saddened by the loss of our birds.”

The family-managed poultry company said officials are working closely with the fire department to determine the cause of the fire, but the investigation may take several weeks.

“We are truly thankful for the first responders in Ionia County, who are largely volunteer firefighters, who quickly responded to this fire and contained the damage to a single barn,” Herbruck’s officials said in a statement. “We also appreciate our employees for their quick response in calling first responders, which likely minimized further damage.”

The Business Journal reported in September that Herbruck’s Poultry Ranch is the largest egg producer in the state of Michigan, the 11th largest in the country and the largest U.S. organic farm.

The business has over 9 million laying hens in Michigan and in Indiana. Greg Herbruck, president of Herbruck’s, said in September that the company houses 7.5 million hens in Ionia County. 

The facility was fully-operational on Wednesday and the company vowed to rebuild.

Herbruck’s Poultry Ranch was founded in 1958.

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