Valley Proteins Expands into Southwest

In 1992, Valley Proteins Inc. made its first venture westward with the purchase of its Amarillo, Texas, rendering plant and Odessa, Texas, substation. Two years later the Winchester, Virginia-based renderer acquired a facility in New Mexico and in 2001 bought a substation in El Reno, Oklahoma. Fifteen years later, Valley Proteins seized a long-awaited opportunity to further expand its operations in the southwest with the October 2016 acquisition of seven facilities in Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana. These rendering plants, which had operated under the umbrella of Pascal Enterprises Inc., effectively triple Valley Proteins’ business in that area of the country to servicing almost all of Texas and Oklahoma and expanding into Louisiana and Arkansas.

Included in the purchase was Pascal’s largest operation, San Angelo By-Products, a rendering plant in the small town of Veribest, Texas, outside of San Angelo, and HTC Industries, a modern blood plant in San Angelo that produces both blood meal and blood plasma. Both facilities serve Lone Star Beef Processors in San Angelo.

Pascal’s second largest rendering operation that Valley Proteins purchased is Capital City Processors in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. This plant had long processed used cooking oil but a Dupps 2000 cooker was added in recent years to provide rendering services for Elkhorn Valley Packing, a beef processor in Harper, Kansas. Valley Proteins also acquired Pascal’s Riegel By-Products in Shreveport, Louisiana, which formerly serviced House of Raeford Farms’ poultry processing plant in Arcadia, Louisiana.

In addition, Valley Proteins bought Pascal’s Oklahoma By-Products, a used cooking oil processing plant in Durant, Oklahoma; Texas By-Products, a large relay facility in Dallas, Texas; and smaller relay stations in San Antonio and Liberty, Texas, a suburb of Houston. Pascal’s 120 employees were retained by Valley Proteins.

Pascal Enterprises was owned by Bill and Colleen Shirley. Bill grew up in the San Angelo area and worked at both the San Angelo and Veribest plants while attending high school and college. After obtaining his accounting degree, he went to work for Valcar, a rendering business in Dallas that he later acquired. In 1986, Shirley used his equity in Valcar and, along with a college friend in the investment community, put together an investment group that purchased Darling-Delaware Company from the Chicago, Illinois, family that had owned the rendering business for over 100 years. Shirley was named president of Darling-Delaware in the late 1980s. After Darling’s stock was taken over by its bondholders in the early 1990s, Shirley established Pascal Enterprises and began to once again invest in the rendering industry.

December 2016 RENDER | back