Claxton Poultry Farms founder and owner Norman W. Fries entered the poultry business in the 1930s, selling and delivering freshly dressed poultry for his father. Since its beginnings in 1949, Claxton Poultry has grown into a top-rated, full-service broiler producer, offering more than 200 products to retail grocers, distributors, restaurants and institutions throughout the Southeast and around the world. Each year it sells nearly 300 million pounds of chicken to 750 customers from mom-and-pop restaurants to national chains like Chick-fil-A. The family-owned business believes in giving back to communities through scholarship programs, product donations and a range of other quality-of-life improving activities. Claxton Poultry Farms maintains a hatchery in Glennville, Ga.