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Big Dutchman Opens New Brazilian Facility


August 19, 2011
By Kristy Nudds


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August 19, 2011 –Big Dutchman recently opened a new facility in Araraquara, Brazil.  Nearly BRL $30 million was invested to build the 16,000 m2 facility, which is located on a 25 acre property.

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August 19, 2011 –Big Dutchman recently opened a new facility in Araraquara, Brazil.  Nearly BRL $30 million was invested to build the 16,000 m2 facility, which is located on a 25 acre property.
More than 500 customers, suppliers and local authorities attended the grand opening. Addressing the crowd Bernd Meerpohl, Chairman of the Board of Management, spoke about the huge potential Brazil has for further developing its intensive animal production and its natural ability to help feed the world. Mr. Meerpohl emphasized, though, that only natural resources are not enough. It is also necessary for Brazilian poultry and pig producers to be ahead of the curve on all issues and available technologies involving their industries in an increasingly connected world.
Kai Wehmeyer, member of Big Dutchman’s Board of Directors, was also present. Clovis Rayzel, President of Big Dutchman USA, spoke about the event being above all a moment of commitment with the Brazilian market. Ricardo Santanna, Big Dutchman Brazil’s Managing Director, welcomed the guests and thanked the city of Araraquara, located in the state of Sao Paulo for supporting this project.
Amongst several local authorities Big Dutchman was honoured with the presence of Araraquara’s Mayor, Marcelo Barbieri and the Governor of the state of Sao Paulo, Geraldo Alckmin, who toured the new facilities and was introduced to Big Dutchman’s product line in its state of the art show room.
The memorable evening went on with dinner and was closed with the show of Brazilian renowned singer and composer Almir Sater.

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