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Lee Costlow, Poultry Industry Icon, Passes Away

Lee “Popee” Costlow, poultry industry icon, has passed away at the age of 67 after a hard-fought battle with COPD. Lee forged a career in the poultry industry in the 1970s. He was a savvy business man, and well known for his accomplishments and the legacy he built.

Lee worked in several different positions over his career with companies including Conagra Poultry, Southland Broilers, Wayne Farms, Lawrence Wholesale, and Feather Fresh. In the last 25 years, Lee founded several poultry marketing companies, made even more special by the inclusion of his family members in the businesses.

Lee was predeceased in death by his parents, Ray and Myra Cockerham and Willie and Martha Costlow. He is survived by...

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Jul 29 9:20 AM, Urner Barry



Letter to the Industry: Passing of Steve Brody

The following letter was penned by colleagues from Fancy Foods in regards to the passing of Steve Brody. From all of us here at Urner Barry, we wish Steve's family, friends, and colleagues comfort during this difficult time.

"Dear Colleagues,

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of our comrade, Mr. Steve Brody. Steve served as Director of Purchasing for Fancy Foods Inc. and was a valued member of the Executive Management team for over 2 decades. An incredible asset and industry icon, Steve was always willing to provide a helping hand. His dedication and commitment have been an integral part of our growth and success...

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Nov 4 11:13 AM, Urner Barry


Ken Looper, Egg Industry Icon, Passes Away

Ken Looper, 92, of Jackson, MS passed away on October 16, 2019 at his home. The family will receive friends on Saturday from 1 until 2 pm with a chapel funeral service to follow at Parkway Funeral Home in Ridgeland. Interment will follow in the adjoining cemetery.

Ken was a staple in the egg industry for just shy of six decades. A leader and icon, Ken left his mark on countless members of the industry. He was a founding father of the United Egg Producers and U.S. Egg Marketers cooperative...

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Oct 18 4:06 PM, Urner Barry


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




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