Indiana-based Rose Acre Farms, the second largest egg producer in the U.S. with almost 2,000 employees in eight states, plans to open a new operation south of Bouse in La Paz County, Ariz. this fall.
The Bouse-area facility could eventually hire 80-100 employees in the farm’s first development stage.
“We’re very excited to have Rose Acre Farms in Arizona,” said Mark Killian, director of the Arizona Department of Agriculture (ADA).
“It’s an incredible facility that shows food safety is a priority," Killian said. "They’re able to keep the eggs safe while the chickens are free to move around in the cage free design.”
Killian and other ADA officials toured the Arizona egg farm on May 19 at the invitation of Rose Acre Farms and the La Paz Economic Development Corporation.
ADA says the building foundations are installed and the company is building the houses. Rose Acre Farms expects to produce eggs at the Lone Cactus Egg Farm.
“Rose Acre Farms will benefit all the people and businesses in La Paz County,” said Vincent (Skip) Becker, chief executive officer of the La Paz Economic Development Corporation.
“The tens of millions of dollars invested so far have already resulted in higher sales tax collections,” Becker said. “The greater impact is still to come when the facility’s open and 50 plus people have good jobs.”
Chips Everhart, Rose Acre Farm’s new projects coordinator said, “The people and the values in this area match the company to a tee.”