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Holly Poultry Unveils State-of-the-Art Processing Plant in West Baltimore

In 1990, Mark Fine stepped up to the poultry plate (so to speak) and purchased Holly Poultry, Inc. Fine grew the Baltimore business from its 1990 low of 25 employees to 175 by 2015. Most recently, the firm has upped its numbers to 225 employees as it reached another major milestone: the completion of a state-of-the-art processing plant. A ribbon cutting ceremony on June 7 celebrated the newly constructed 37,500-square-foot plant, located in West Baltimore.
A Baltimore native, Fine took control of Holly Poultry after learning the meat processing business from his father and uncle at Mash’s Ham in Baltimore. Zach Fine, Mark’s son, is now CEO of the company. “After years of planning, our vision for the company has become a reality,” said Zach. “The opening of our new processing facility will enable us to quadruple our production capacity, explore new markets, and accelerate growth throughout the Mid-Atlantic. We will better serve our customers and continue to support the city of Baltimore.”
“It’s where we’ve grown and succeeded as a business,” said Mike Fine. “I want to help Baltimore City be successful and create job opportunities for its residents. The expansion will enable the company to hire 150 people over the next three to five years, doubling the size of its production staff. Eighty percent of Holly’s employees currently reside in Baltimore City. Donned in coats and hats in the 45-degree environment, they debone, portion, and marinate the chicken. “The chicken is ready to go right onto a rotisserie at Royal Farms or breaded and dropped in the deep fryer or on a grill at a restaurant,” said Zach Fine, as quoted in The Baltimore Sun.
“The renovation doubles our capacity, provides additional space to expand our product lines, and improves our buying power,” Fine continued. “By keeping our USDA designation, we can process other proteins and offer more value to our current market.”
Historically, Holly has consisted of two business segments: processing of poultry products, which are mainly sold to the foodservice industry, and wholesale distribution of poultry, pork, beef, and other refrigerated products, sold to small grocery stores and markets for retail consumption. The wholesale business side, State Street Poultry & Provisions, LLC, will also undergo significant renovations this year, including an updated cooler, freezer, and offices. Contact location: 2221 Berlin Street, Baltimore, MD 21230; info@hollypoultry.com.

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