(Columbia-AP) October 12, 2006 - Poultry processor Amick Farms has been sold to an Illinois meat distributor.
Amick Farms is one of the Midlands' largest employers.
Owner Bill Amick sold the 65-year-old family-owned business in Batesburg-Leesville to OSI Group, which is based in Aurora, Illinois. The price was not disclosed.
The sale is set to go through October 30th.
OSI supplies deboned chickens to wholesalers and restaurants. Amick spokesman Fred West says the firm plans to keep Amick's 1,500-employee operation intact.
Amick Farm's founder, AD Amick, started the firm in 1941 with 500 chicks and made deliveries to neighbors in barrels of ice.
OSI has poultry plants in Ireland and Brazil, but none in the United States. West says that will provide some security for jobs at the operation. Workers start at about $7 per hour.