American Poultry Industry Hall of Fame inducts new members

The American Poultry Historical Society honored five individuals by inducting them into the American Poultry Industry Hall of Fame.

The 2010 inductees are:

  • J. Paul Thaxton Jr., founder of Embrex Inc.
  • Donald Dalton, past president of the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association;
  • Lonnie “Bo” Pilgrim, who has served as senior chairman of the board, co-founder and majority owner of Pilgrim’s Pride Corp.;
  • Paul B. Siegel, a University Distinguished Professor at Virginia Tech;
  • Robert D. Sparboe, who started Sparboe Chick Co., which later led to the formation of several companies now known as Sparboe Farms Inc.; and

Thaxton was a professor at NC State University from 1970 to 1985 when he left to found Embrex, the world’s first biotechnology company dedicated to poultry. He died in 2007.

The ceremonies were held Jan. 28 at 9 a.m. at the International Poultry Exposition in Atlanta. A bronze plaque bearing the image of each inductee will be on permanent display in the National Agricultural Library in Beltsville, Md.

The American Poultry Historical Society was formed at the 1952 Boston Poultry Show. It has remained dedicated to preserving historical records and honoring distinctive personal achievement. The American Poultry Historical Society inducts a maximum of five individuals into the American Poultry Industry Hall of Fame at three-year intervals. Nominations for the 2013 Hall of Fame will be solicited in 2012.

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