Sanderson says initial assessment yields no significant damage to NC facilities
Sanderson Farms provided an update on the status of the company's facilities in North Carolina following landfall of Hurricane Florence and the related severe weather and flooding in the region. Joe Sanderson, Chairman and CEO of Sanderson Farms, said, "We are pleased to report we have not received any news of injury or loss of life among our employees and growers in the North Carolina area affected by this devastating storm. We will continue to assess the situation related to our processing plant, hatchery and feed mill in Kinston, North Carolina, and our processing plant and hatchery located in St. Pauls and Lumberton, North Carolina. An initial assessment indicated no significant damage to those facilities, and we are pleased that power has now been restored in Kinston. However, given the amount of rain those areas continue to receive, our assessment will continue through the week-end. Our live inventory and the assets of our independent poultry producers in the region comprise a significant portion of our operations. Given the logistical difficulties caused by flooding and impassable roads, assessments of damage to those facilities will also continue."