Research and development losses averted at Centurion Poultry

By Denise Coffey - Staff Writer
Brooklyn - posted Tue., Sep. 6, 2011
Centurion's Pure Line Genetics Division in Brooklyn is home to 8,000 chickens. Photo by D. Coffey.
Centurion's Pure Line Genetics Division in Brooklyn is home to 8,000 chickens. Photo by D. Coffey.

People weren't the only creatures inconvenienced when the power went out in the Quiet Corner last week, due to tropical storm Irene. The region is host to a variety of agricultural concerns involving cows, horses, chickens, goats, swine and sheep.

Centurion Poultry, Inc., on Stetson Road in Brooklyn, had to call in the cavalry when its back-up generators went down on Sept. 1. First Selectman Austin Tanner, Connecticut Agriculture Commissioner Steven Reviczky and CL&P crews worked together to get things running again.

Centurion’s location manager, Dominic Saglio, said that no birds were lost as a result of the power outage. “Commissioner Reviczky and Selectman Tanner were extremely helpful in getting things moving along,” Saglio said. “We would have lost millions of dollars worth of research and product,” he said.

The Centurion facility contains 8,000 valuable birds, according to Saglio. The company has invested millions of dollars and years worth of research into the genetic improvement of what they call the “PLG Early Bird,” a broiler that can gain 5 to 6 pounds in 43 days.

In a worst-case scenario, had the entire flock of Pure Line Genetics Early Birds perished, Centurion maintains breeding stock at its headquarters in Georgia.

Saglio said the company was trying to figure out why both of the generators failed when they were needed. With hurricane season not over until November, Centurion wants to make sure its generators don’t fail again.

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