After experiencing great success selling bagged feeds in his Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania self-service grocery store, founder Mel Wenger was approached by a feed salesman about purchasing the J.W. Wolgemuth Mill in neighboring Rheems. Mel Wenger purchased the mill in 1944 and, throughout the 50's and 60's, developed a custom feed formula to meet the needs of the growing egg layer business in Lancaster County. The resultant M.M. Wenger feeds were extremely popular and filled a market segment that had previously been ignored. His success prompted Mel Wenger to create an independent line of custom feed products. By the early 1960's, Wenger Feeds had expanded into poultry and swine production, eggs, and pullet growing.
Wenger Feeds expanded in the 80s and 90s by buying milling facilities in Mount Joy and Spring Glen, Pennsylvania. In addition, the company began leasing the Massey Mill along the Eastern Shore in Maryland in 1993. In 1999, Wenger's broke ground for a milling facility in Shippensburg, which opened in 2000. The Shippensburg Mill was the first mill built by the company from the ground up. The second mill to be built, Muncy, open just two short years later.
In 2004, the company built a soybean processing plant near the garage and Egg Marketing Services warehouse in Elizabethtown, PA. The plant was the first facility built by the company for the manufacture of a feed ingredient, SoyChoiceTM, an organic expelled soybean meal.
Wenger Feeds is a leading manufacturer and supplier of poultry and swine feed, feed ingredients, and allied services in the Mid-Atlantic region. Wenger Feeds: Providing Quality Feed for Quality Food
Wenger Feeds: Quality Feed for Quality Food®.
1865: Florin Warehouse built in Mount Joy by Thomas Stacks (Mount Joy Mill)
1883: J.L. Heisey & Sons Feed and Grain opens in Rheems (Rheems Mill)
1887: Warehouse in Mount Joy is converted to a chopping mill by T.N. Hostetter (Mount Joy Mill)
1944: Melvin Wenger buys the Rheems Mill (J.W. Wolgemuth Coal and Feed)
1949: Wenger Feeds is incorporated
1962: Wenger's builds six egg layer houses, the first egg layer complex to be constructed in the area.
1970: First computerized mill in Rheems
1976: Wenger Feeds becomes independent, manufactures 100% layer feeds.
1978: Second computerized mill at Rheems Mill
1980: Wenger Feeds Quality Assurance Laboratory established
1982: Moved to new office, Wenger Feeds now has 18 delivery trucks and 130 employees
1983: Wenger's builds two drive through loadouts at the Rheems Mill, Wenger's purchases Weaver Quality Eggs
1987: Wenger Feeds purchases Wolgemuth Brothers Mill in Mount Joy
1989: Wenger Feeds purchases Spring Glen Mill
1993: Wenger's leases the Massey Mill
1995: Egg Marketing Services warehouse built
1996: Wenger's leases Hegins Valley Farm, wins Chesapeake Bay Commission Award
1997: Wenger's installs one of the largest soybean extruders in the industry at the Rheems Mill
1998: Spring Glen Mill expanded, land purchased in Muncy for a mill
1999: Wenger Feeds begins construction of Shippensburg Mill
2000: Shippensburg Mill opens, construction begins on Muncy Mill
2002: Muncy Mill opens
2004: Wenger Feeds earns triple ISO-certification
2005: Construction of Soy Plant begins
2006: Soy Plant opens
2008: Wenger's launches SoyChoice™ product
2009: Expansion at Muncy Mill doubles pelleting capacity
2009: Mount Joy Mill moves to 24/7 production schedule
2010: Massey Mill earns ISO certification, Wenger Feeds earns Green Plus certification
2012: Wenger Feeds completes purchase agreement for Pennfield's Hempfield Mill
2012: Wenger Feeds honored with Sustainable Enterprise Award