Maschhoffs LLC, based in Carlyle and the nation’s largest independent pork producer, announced Friday the acquisition of GNP Co. of St. Cloud, Minn.
GNP provides chicken products to retail, food-service and deli outlets under the Gold’ n Plump, Just Bare and Sunny Roost labels.
Both companies are family owned.
A statement from Maschhoffs said the pork and chicken business would operate as separately and 1,700 GNP employees would remain in St. Cloud. More than 350 farmers served by GNP also will remain with Maschhoffs.
Maschhoffs CEO Mike Heigenson said in the announcement, that no changes in business operations or company commitments are planned as a result of the acquisition.
Maschhoffs is supplied by 450 farms and has more than 1,200 employees.