ELMER STUART KENDRICK
Elmer Stuart “Izzy" Kendrick was born August 4, 1908 in Abingdon, Virginia, and retired from active service as Vice President of Holly Farms Poultry Industries in 1978.
Mr. Kendrick has been actively involved in the poultry industry since 1934 -- first as a buyer of live poultry in southwestern Virginia and later as a buyer and seller of poultry and broiler contractor with a predecessor company of Holly Farms. In the late 1940’s, Mr. Kendrick recognized the changes taking place in the poultry industry and switched his selling from the terminal markets to the regional processing plants in North Carolina. In the same year, he developed, with two partners, a grow-out company called the Nu-Way Feed Service. He was subsequently associated with K & L Feel Company which was incorporated into Lovette Feed Company and Lovette Poultry Company. In 1955, he became a part owner of Mocksville Feed Mills and in 1956 helped to establish the Chick-A-Dee Hatchery.
In 1961, Mr. Kendrick was one of the prime movers in developing the Holly Farms Poultry Industries from the merger of sixteen North Carolina related poultry companies. He became the first executive vice president of Holly and was on the original board of directors.
Mr. Kendrick has been a strong leader in the broiler industry, helping to organize the National Broiler Council in 1954. He has served this organization continuously as a member of their board of directors and in 1979 was one of two current directors that helped to found the organization. He currently serves as secretary-treasurer of the National Broiler Council.
Mr. Kendrick has been a true pioneer and leader in developing the North Carolina poultry industry, and the North Carolina Poultry Federation is pleased to honor him as a member of the North Carolina Poultry Hall of Fame.