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Poultry machinery company celebrates 70 years

POSTED: June 19, 2014 12:51 a.m.

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Gainesville’s Marel Stork Poultry Processing recently celebrated its 70th anniversary with a picnic attended by over 350 employees, North Georgia residents, industry members and elected officials.

The company started in 1944 as Gainesville Machine Co., specializing in welding fabrication and machining. Now, as Marel Stork, the focus is on poultry processing equipment and systems design, sales, manufacturing and distribution.

“It was great day. A very good day to have everyone there.” said Einar Einarsson, president of Marel USA.

Marel purchased Stork Food Systems in 2008, making it the epicenter of Marel’s U.S. market.

“We had been working closely on a partnership level for many years,” he said. “In 2008 the companies got together and since the facility in Gainesville was a part of Stork group and it came in the deal. It’s a good location because Gainesville is the poultry capital of the U.S. and the U.S. is our biggest market.”

The Gainesville location employs about 230 people in its 250,000-square-foot research, design and fabrication facility.

“Through our employees’ dedication, the company has become a worldwide leader of advanced processing equipment solutions,” Einarsson said.

Kris Carroll, marketing manager for Marel Stork, said the company wanted to have as big a celebration as possible.

“It was especially nice to celebrate because the poultry industry, as a whole, has had a tough time these last couple of years. To be able to celebrate such longevity to one community and show we’re committed to being here was just a wonderful thing.”


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