Case Farms was founded by Thomas R. Shelton in December 1986. After gaining over 23 years of management experience in the poultry industry, Mr. Shelton realized a goal of owning a Company by purchasing a small family-owned poultry operation in Ohio.
The Company was called Case Egg & Poultry and included a processing plant in Winesburg, Ohio, a hatchery in Strasburg, Ohio, and a food distribution facility in Akron, Ohio. In its first year of operation, Case Farms processed 135,000 chickens per week, had 140 team members, and produced 22 million pounds of poultry products. Since 1987, the facilities have been upgraded and expanded and today process 425,000 chickens per week, have 550 team members, and produce in excess of 150 million pounds of production per year.
In May 1988, Case Farms purchased the Morganton, North Carolina poultry operations formerly known as Breeden Poultry & Egg. The facilities included a processing plant, hatchery, and a feed mill. In 1988, the Morganton operation processed 475,000 chickens per week, had 450 employees, and produced 75 million pounds of poultry products. Since 1988, the facilities have been upgraded and expanded and today process 900,000 chickens per week, have 1050 team members, and produce in excess of 350 million pounds of production per year.
In August 1998, Case Farms purchased the Goldsboro, North Carolina poultry operation from WLR Foods. The facilities included a processing plant, hatchery, feed mill, and a grain storage facility. In 1998, the Goldsboro operation processed 650,000 chicken