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Industry Icon, Buddy W. Bolinger, Passes Away 

Buddy W. Bolinger, industry icon, passed away on Wednesday August 21, 2019.

Buddy was a recipient of Urner Barry's Poultry Person of the Year in 2006. The award is presented to an individual who has made outstanding life-long contributions to the betterment of the poultry industry, and has earned universal respect of their colleagues.

Russ Whitman, Urner Barry's Senior Vice President, said that, "Buddy was instrumental in my professional development and I owe him a great debt of gratitude. He was a man of character, wit, and darn good business sense! He will surely be missed.”

From all of us here at Urner Barry, we wish Buddy's family, friends, and colleagues comfort during this difficult time...

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Aug 26 8:53 AM, Urner Barry



Industry Innovator, Emanuel Puglisi, Passes Away 

Emanuel Puglisi, industry innovator, passed away on Wednesday, August 14, 2019, at the age of 95.

Emanuel was born in Ragusa, Sicily and came to live in Greenwich Village in 1937, working as a cabinet maker in New York City. Emanuel served in the U.S. Army during World War II, and settled in Howell following the war. He was the founder, owner, and operator of Puglisi Egg Farms, Howell, until retiring in 1986. Emanuel built the first high-rise poultry building in America and hosted people throughout the world to see his innovative techniques. Emanuel was also a past president of the New Jersey Poultry Products Council and a golden egg recipient...

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Aug 16 9:03 AM, Urner Barry


Veteran of the Egg Industry, Robert C. Rehm, Passes Away 

Robert C. Rehm, veteran of the egg industry, passed away on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at the age of 83.

Robert was born on June 7, 1936 in Watertown, by the late Arthur and Nell (Buck) Rehm. He was a Lake Mills High School graduate, class of 1954 and later earned his bachelor degree in Marketing from UW-Madison in 1958. On October 4, 1958 he married Barbara Jean Nickels at St. Henry’s Catholic Church in Watertown.

Following college, Robert worked for Northwestern Mutual for a year prior to joining his father and brothers in the family egg business. In 1965 he began the company now known as Daybreak Foods. After retirement, he spent the next five years...

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Jul 30 8:19 AM, Urner Barry


Veteran of the Food Industry, Ronnie Nelson, Passes Away 

Ronnie Nelson, veteran of the food industry and an integral part of the greater NYC food distribution network, passed away this past Wednesday June 19th, at 82 years old.

Mr. Nelson, Ronnie as he was affectionately known, began working at Ace Packing right after graduating from Babson College. Ace Packing was his father’s wholesale meat and provisions store in the Harlem meat market in NYC. Ronnie introduced poultry into the lineup of the family business.

Ron became a key player in the business and a regular at trade shows, including the annual Atlanta based event, now known as IPPE, dating back to when it was held in Kansas City. His last show was 2007 when he retired. In the mid 1980’s he...

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Jun 21 9:04 AM, General News


Poultry Industry Icon, Robert Hopkins 'Twig' Strickler, Passes Away 

Robert Hopkins 'Twig' Strickler, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and businessman passed away on May 24, 2019 at the age of 90.

Twig graduated from Harrisonburg High School in 1946. In the fall of same year he enrolled at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) where he ultimately earned a bachelor of science degree (Business Administration) in the spring of 1950. During his senior year at Virginia Tech he was commissioned into the United States Army as a 2LT after completing ROTC. Shortly after, Twig was shipped out to Germany where he was stationed for two years.

Returning to the Shenandoah Valley in 1953, Twig resumed his work within the small family business, Rocco Feeds, which was an abbreviation for Rockingham County chosen by his mother. By the time Twig retired as CEO in 1985, Rocco Feeds had expanded into a large food company known as Rocco Enterprises...

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May 28 11:52 AM, Urner Barry


Egg Industry Icon, Arthur Papetti, Passes Away

Arthur Papetti, beloved father, grandfather and businessman, passed away on Thursday, May 2, 2019, at the age of 87.

Arthur worked in his family’s business since the age of 11, on a small dairy farm in Elizabeth that started in 1908 when Arthur’s grandparents, Anthony and Mary De Stefano, immigrated from Calabria, Italy. Later, Arthur’s parents evolved the family business into Papetti’s Hygrade Poultry & Eggs, transitioning the family business from dairy to poultry. Arthur and his brother Tony helped their parents deliver fresh, high-quality chicken to their customers all throughout their teen years. Then in the 1960’s, Arthur saw a demand for shelled eggs, and steered the family business into the egg business. Arthur pioneered the egg products industry with dedication and determination to become...

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May 8 9:57 AM, Urner Barry


USAPEEC Releases Statement on Passing of Toby Moore 

Last Friday, USAPEEC's Toby Moore passed away at his home in Snellville, Georgia at the age of 68.

Toby is best known as the longtime editor of MondayLine, and as a fixture at USAPEEC for 24 years. However, colleagues and all those that knew him will remember him for his kindness, humor, and extraordinary love of life. He will also be remembered for his dignified and ...

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Feb 19 10:09 AM, Urner Barry




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