Allen Harim christens headquarters move from Seaford to Millsboro

Joe Valentine fastens the Delaware flag during the flag-raising ceremony performed by veterans from Ellendale-Georgetown VFW Post 2931 at Allen Harim’s ribbon-cutting Thursday at its new corporate headquarters in Millsboro. Also participating from VFW Post 2931: Michael Smith and George Parker.

MILLSBORO – A ceremonial raising of POW-MIA, American and state of Delaware flags preceded Thursday’s ribbon-cutting christening of Allen Harim’s new corporate headquarters move to Millsboro.

The company, which will be celebrating 100 years in business next year, has been based in Seaford since it was founded in 1919.

The 18,900-square-foot headquarters is located in the former Pinnacle Vlasic pickle plant that Allen Harim purchased in 2014.

Renovation was completed by Delmarva Veteran Builders, a Salisbury-based company that hired primarily veterans.

Gov. John Carney was among the many elected officials on hand for Thursday’s ribbon cutting.

Joe Moran, president and CEO of Allen Harim, spoke about the company’s move.

In front, Allen Harim president/CEO Joe Moran and Delaware Governor John Carney join many others in watching the flag raising ceremony performed by veterans from Ellendale-Georgetown VFW Post 2931.

“We’ve invested in Delaware through expansions at our feed mill, processing plant, and broke ground last year on a new $22 million hatchery,” Mr. Moran said. “This new corporate headquarters is just part of our investment here at our facility in Millsboro, with more to come. We are well positioned looking forward to our next 100 years on Delmarva.”

The new corporate headquarters at 29984 Pinnacle Way off Iron Branch Road employs approximately 50 people, from the executive team, to accounting and sales team.

The headquarters is encompassed in a 460,000-square-foot building that also houses a consignment warehouse operation that stores boxes and other packaging materials from International Paper and other vendors that are used in the Allen Harim production process.

Sussex County officials recently approved a deboning operation in a small portion of the facility. The 50,000 square-foot space will employ 165 people who will debone chicken for customers, according to Allen Harim spokeswoman Cathy Bassett.

All of the chicken will be processed at Allen Harim’s Harbeson plant and trucked to Millsboro for deboning. Once necessary permits are obtained, that work is expected to begin this fall. Allen Harim currently ships chicken to be deboned to Georgia for further processing, Ms. Bassett said.

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