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The last (chicken) mogul says farewell

Marvin Ungerman's retirement ends rags-to-riches story of 100-year-old family dynasty.


December 22, 2020
By National Post

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On Dec. 29, for the very last time, 30,000 baby chicks will leave Marvin Ungerman’s farm in Port Perry, Ont., and he will witness the end of fabled family history that monopolized Ontario’s lucrative poultry processing industry.

Ungerman, 82, is preparing to write the last chapter of a 100-year-old family dynasty.

I sat with the “chicken man,” the same name attributed to his father and his grandfather, as he emotionally looked back on a rags-to-riches story of immigration, hard work and cutthroat business.

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