Brakebush taking over House of Raeford plant

Published 9:24 am Thursday, July 12, 2018

Brakebush Brothers, a 93-year-old family owned value-added processor of traditional and innovative chicken products, made final the asset purchase of the House of Raeford Farms manufacturing facility in Mocksville.

In December 2017, the House of Raeford facility was badly damaged in a fire.   The 72,000 square foot plant will be restored with state-of-the-art processing equipment. The updated facility will accommodate three production lines when fully utilized, which is projected for spring 2019.

Brakebush is retaining the employment of many of the management, administrative and hourly staff.  The plant will employ more than 300 team members when at full capacity.   

Brakebush Brothers, headquartered in Westfield, Wisc., with operations in Irving, Texas and Wells, Minn., employs more than 1,900 people and sells more than 200 further processed chicken products to foodservice, industrial, C-store and restaurant channels.

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Brakebush Brothers is a long-time customer of House of Raeford.

“House of Raeford is pleased that Brakebush, one of the country’s premier further processing companies, will rebuild, upfit and continue to operate the Mocksville plant following the fire last December,” said House of Raeford CEO and owner, Bob Johnson. “The transaction will maintain quality employment and business opportunities in the community through the continued operation of this facility. We appreciate the patience of our employees through this transition.”

The transaction provides for long-term reciprocal supply agreements between the parties. This transaction will result in continued production and employment in the area, an assured supply of raw material for Brakebush and its customers, and a continued supply of quality, fully cooked chicken products for House of Raeford customers.