Hickman’s Family Farms of Arizona has announced the acquisition of the Armstrong layer flock in Valley Center, Calif.

Hickman’s, the largest shell egg producer west of the Rockies, says theaddition will bring itsflock capacity to more than 5.5 million layers.

“Our families have been close friends for years,” said Glenn Hickman, president of Hickman’s Family Farms.“Their history, beliefs, and culture are very compatible with ours. This deal will allow us to better serve and grow our base of customers in California.”

Ryan Armstrong said, “The Hickman organization is the gold standard for food safety and animal care.Every plant they operate is full-time USDA, HAACP, and SQF certified. Alan Armstrong and I are excited to join their team.”

Hickman’s Family Farms, founded in 1944, is a fully integrated producer of shell eggs, pasteurized eggs, cooked eggs, and fertilizer servicing customers in the Southwest.

For more information, contact Glenn Hickman at (623) 872-1120 or ghickman@hickmanseggs.com.