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Vital Farms to Build New Egg Washing, Packaging Facility in Seymour, Indiana

June 27, 2024
New facility will build upon the company’s first facility of this type in Springfield, Mo., which has won numerous awards since it opened in 2017.

Vital Farms will add a second egg washing and packaging facility to its production network, building a new plant in Seymour, Ind., which it is calling “Egg Central Station (ECS) Seymour.” The 72-acre site will give Vital Farms the ability to continue growing its pasture-raised egg business, expected to help generate more than $350 million in additional revenue for the brand.

Vital Farms says ECS Seymour will build upon key successes from the brand’s first facility of this type in Springfield, Mo., which opened in 2017. That facility won Food Processing’s Green Plant of the Year 2022 award, and its expansion achieved LEED Gold Certification in May 2024.

ECS Seymour will implement processing automation and a flow-through design to improve safety and efficiency. Vital Farms expects the new facility to support roughly 165 additional family farmers in its first phase. The town is located in southern Indiana about halfway between Indianapolis and Louisville, Ky.

Groundbreaking for the Seymour facility is expected to be in mid-2025, with the plant fully operational at the beginning of 2027.

About the Author

Andy Hanacek | Senior Editor

Andy Hanacek has covered meat, poultry, bakery and snack foods as a B2B editor for nearly 20 years, and has toured hundreds of processing plants and food companies, sharing stories of innovation and technological advancement throughout the food supply chain. In 2018, he won a Folio:Eddie Award for his unique "From the Editor's Desk" video blogs, and he has brought home additional awards from Folio and ASBPE over the years. In addition, Hanacek led the Meat Industry Hall of Fame for several years and was vice president of communications for We R Food Safety, a food safety software and consulting company.

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