In 1949, Clyde A. Smith started a business that would fulfill a dream for three generations. Over the next 70 years, Valley Proteins, Inc. (now LLC., see below) would grow to become one of the largest rendering companies in the United States. Through multiple acquisitions, expansion into global markets and investments into the development of biofuels, the Smith family enterprise has flourished, and remains true to the legacy set forth by their grandfather’s vision.
Clyde A. Smith starts his business with one truck, operating out of his home in New Oxford, Pennsylvania. He purchases fat, bones and grease from suppliers in Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia and Virginia, and sells the raw materials to Christ Lamparter and Sons.
Winchester Rendering Company is established as a single batch cooker operation in Winchester, Virginia.
Valley Proteins, Inc. is founded to purchase pre-rendered animal proteins, fats and oils for blending and resale.
At his death on August 3, Clyde A. Smith leaves his business to his four sons – Robert J., Gerald F., Wayne P. and Leo J. Smith. Robert assumes the title of President of Winchester Rendering Company, Inc.; Gerald becomes President of Valley Proteins, Inc.
Gerald and Robert Smith acquire Lamparter By-Products Co., Inc. in Dover, Pennsylvania, the company to which their father originally sold his raw materials. Operation of this small batch cooker plant is discontinued, and the raw materials are transferred to Winchester, Virginia, for processing.
Winchester Rendering Company, Inc. acquires the Triangle E By-Products, Inc. stock from Robert S., Robert E. and Thord Einarsen. Located in Linville, Virginia, this batch cooker plant continues to operate under the original name until 1974 when the business merges into Valley Proteins, Inc.
Winchester Rendering Company, Inc. acquires the stock of Robert J. and Wayne Smith, and Gerald F. Smith assumes the title of President of Winchester Rendering Company, Inc.
Winchester Rendering Company, Inc. acquires the stock of Leo J. Smith, leaving Gerald F. Smith as the sole shareholder of the company.
Winchester Rendering Company, Inc. opens a new continuous plant in Emporia, Virginia, to serve supplies in southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina.
In September, Winchester Rendering Company, Inc. acquires a small batch cooker plant in Boyertown, Pennsylvania and continues to operate this facility for a brief time to serve suppliers in southeastern Pennsylvania. In October, the company acquires Greencastle Products Co., Inc. of Greencastle, Pennsylvania, and Westminster Hide and Tallow Co. of Westminster, Maryland to serve suppliers located in south central Pennsylvania and western Maryland.
Winchester Rendering Company, Inc. continues its growth through acquisitions with the purchases of Messner Bros. Hide and Tallow of Terre Hill, Pennsylvania. The Boyertown plant is closed, and construction begins on a new continuous rendering facility in Terre Hill. This facility opens in February, 1985 to serve suppliers in eastern Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey. The company also acquires the business and rendering plant of Kavanaugh Products, Inc. in Baltimore, Maryland, expanding service to customers on the Delmarva Pennisula.
Valley Proteins, Inc. merges into Winchester Rendering Company, Inc. with the entire business continuing as Valley Proteins, Inc.
Valley Proteins, Inc. continues its growth through the acquisition of Eastern By-Products Company of Rose Hill, North Carolina. The plant is modernized and significantly upgraded, and expands service to the eastern regions of North and South Carolina. Keystone Mutual Shoemaker Company, Inc. of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is acquired, expanding service in eastern Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey.
Valley Proteins, Inc. acquires E.C. Cleck and Son, a dead stock and pet food products business. This purchase significantly expands service in central Pennsylvania. In October, Valley Proteins, Inc. opens a new continuous plant in Wadesboro, North Carolina, expanding its service to poultry suppliers in central North Carolina.
Valley Proteins, Inc. acquires United Proteins Texas, Inc. in Amarillo, Texas. The company also acquires the restaurant grease collection and processing business, Roach Grease Service and Valley Rendering Company, including their grease processing plant in Odessa, Texas.
Valley Proteins, Inc. acquires the restaurant grease collection and processing business of Valley Rendering Company and Albuquerque Grease Service, expanding its service to most of New Mexico. This purchase also includes a grease processing plant in Bernalillo, New Mexico.
Valley Proteins, Inc. opens a new continuous plant in Ward, South Carolina, expanding its service to suppliers in southwestern South Carolina and northeastern Georgia.
Valley Proteins, Inc. acquires Inland Products, Inc. in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This purchase expands service in western Pennsylvania, western West Virginia and eastern Ohio. The company also acquires CBP Resources, Inc., which adds four additional continuous rendering plants. This purchase significantly expands service to the Carolinas and eastern Tennessee. In November, the Chesapeake plant closes and its business consolidates with the Emporia Division.
Valley Proteins, Inc. purchases Hereford Bi-Products, which includes grease, fat, bone and dead stock operations in Oklahoma.
Fire destroys the Baltimore, Maryland, rendering operations. The plant continues to operate as a grease processing facility and transfer station.
Gerald F. Smith, President of Valley Proteins, Inc., passes away, and ownership of the company passes to Gerald F. Smith, Jr., President, and Michael A. Smith, Vice President.
In September, Valley Proteins, Inc. acquires Dausey By-Products, Inc. in St. George, South Carolina. It includes a satellite facility in Palatka, Florida, and begins service to Florida. These operations are merged into the Branchville, South Carolina facility. In November, North Georgia Processing, Inc., located in Martin, Georgia is acquired. Valley Proteins, Inc. also acquires North Georgia Processing, Inc. and operates it as part of its Gastonia Division in North Carolina.
Valley Proteins, Inc. acquires the routes of Steel City Grease, LLC of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
In January, Valley Proteins, Inc. acquires the operating assets of Earthworx, LLC of Cary, North Carolina. The waste cooking oil collection business operates primarily in the Research Triangle area. In March, the waste cooking oil collection routes of AmeriGrease, LLC is also acquired. Based in Bristol, Pennsylvania, AmeriGrease, LLC provides collection and processing of waste cooking oils throughout eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and northern Delaware.
In February, Valley Proteins, Inc. acquires the waste cooking oil collection and processing business of Dover Products, Inc. of Dover, Delaware. Dover Products, Inc. was founded in 1933 as Charles T. Jackson & Sons, Inc. and was 49% owned by the Braun family. In July, the trap grease routes of The Mariposa Group, Inc. of Charlotte, North Carolina, are acquired.
In April, Valley Proteins, Inc. acquires the trap grease routes of Blankenship Mechanical, Inc., trading as Able Septic Tank Service and Ecotech Recycling Technologies. Blankenship Mechanical, Inc. is located in Asheville, North Carolina. In June, the used cooking oil and trap grease routes of Coastal Biodiesel Group and its affiliate, Southeast Industrial Services Company, LLC are acquired. CBG is headquartered in Conway, South Carolina. In October, the Perdue Agribusiness rendering business is acquired by Valley Proteins, Inc. The acquisition includes existing supply agreements with Perdue processing facilities and two rendering facilities located in Accomac, Virginia, and Lewiston, North Carolina. In December, the routes and operating assets of Odum Service Company, Inc. of Odum, Georgia, are acquired.
Valley Proteins, Inc. acquires the used restaurant grease routes and related assets of AAA Pumping Services, Inc. headquartered in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In April, the operating assets of Allen Biotech, LLC, including its rendering plant located in Linkwood, Maryland, are acquired. In April, the waste cooking oil and used restaurant grease collection business of Southern Enviro Solutions, LLC of Savannah, Georgia, is acquired. In May, Valley Proteins, Inc. acquires the used cooking oil routes and related assets of Georgia Green Environment, LLC headquartered in Alma, Georgia.
In April, Valley Proteins, Inc. acquires the routes and related assets of Bacter Waste Solutions LLC in Savannah, Georgia. In October, the used restaurant grease routes and related assets of Horizon Rendering, Inc. headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware, are acquired.
Valley Proteins, Inc. acquires the used cooking oil route of Greenlight WVO, LLC.
Valley Proteins, Inc. acquires seven facilities in Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana which has operated as Pascal Enterprises, Inc., tripling the company’s business in that area of the country. This acquisition increased Valley Proteins’ service to almost all of Texas and Oklahoma, expanded the service area into Louisiana and Arkansas, gives Valley Proteins four rendering facilities in this region, and allows Amarillo to have a backup plant within the company. Having multiple cooking systems allows better segregating of raw materials and producing more specialized finished products, which brings higher values.
Valley Proteins, Inc. has grown to become one of the largest rendering companies in the United States with several hundred million dollars in annual sales. On average, the company currently processes three million tons of raw materials, and manufactures over one million tons of value-added animal feed ingredients annually, which are marketed throughout the world. Valley Proteins continues to explore new opportunities to serve its raw materials suppliers and customers. Growth through acquisitions, expansion into global markets and investment in biofuel technologies continue to be a focus for Valley Proteins.
Valley Proteins, Inc. is acquired by Darling Ingredients Inc. and is referred to as Valley Proteins, LLC.