Paul Morgan is recognized as one of the great leaders in the North Carolina poultry industry. Paul was born in 1926 in Guilford County, NC. A member of a pioneer poultry family, his father and mother began keeping hens for eggs to sell back in the early 1920â€™s. During the depression era, the family survived because they could trade and sell eggs and chickens to purchase the staples they needed for the family.
Paul attended Oak Ridge Military Institute and Duke University. Following World War II, he returned to the family farm and entered business with his father. They determined that the live chicken market was very unpredictable but that dressed birds sold well. They started their mall business in the family garage, processing 65 birds the first day. The next day they hired their first employee and production was increased to 130 birds per day. From this meager beginning, the Morgan & Sons Poultry Company evolved. The firm grew to one of the leading local poultry processors in the area and marketed their birds under the Dogwood brand. They entered into several working arrangements with other poultrymen in the area for the production of feed and broilers to supply the processing plant.
Paul Morgan was a leader in the North Carolina poultry industry from the start. In the late 1950’s and early 1960’s, he was active in the organization of the Southeastern Poultry and Egg Association. He served as a member of their Board of Directors, Secretary-Treasurer, and was President of the organization in 1963. He has also served as President of the National Broiler Council and the National Broiler Marketing He has been a continuous member of the North Carolina Poultry Processors Association and served as President of that organization. He was a member of the original group of poultrynen who organized the North Caroling Poultry Federation and served as a member of the Hrs! Board of Directors in 1968. He subsequently served in a number of different and was President of the Federation in 1973.
Paul Morgan has truly represented North Carolina well as a leader in the poultry industry in both a state role and on a national basis. Probably no one individual has played a greater leadership role in the development of the modern day poultry industry than Paul Morgan.
The North Carolina Poultry Federation is pleased to recognize Paul for his outstanding contributions to the poultry industry and to induct him into the North Carolina Poultry Hah of Fame.