Omega Protein

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"Omega Protein originated with the Haynie family, some of the first Europeans to settle among the native inhabitants of Virginia’s Northern Neck in the 1840s. Our 130-year history began in 1878, when John A. Haynie and his younger brother, Thomas, established a primitive fish processing operation on family property in Reedville, Virginia, today the site of Omega Protein’s largest plant and refinery.

"The Haynie brothers knew the value menhaden oil held for use in lamps, tanning and currying leather, paints and soap manufacturing—some of which are industries we support today. In a 1903 merger, John A. Haynie Company became Haynie, Snow & Company, and then in 1913, Reedville Oil and Guano Company...

In 1968, Reedville Oil and Guano Company was renamed Haynie Products, Inc., and in 1970, we merged with Zapata Oil to form Zapata Haynie Corporation. In 1994, Zapata was renamed Zapata Protein; with the change to Omega Protein following eight years later.

"At Omega Protein, we are proud of our humble beginnings and committed to protecting the fishery that has provided us our livelihood for generations."[1]


Accessed March 2013: [2]



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  1. Omega Protein History, organizational web page, accessed March 27, 2013.
  2. Omega Protein Board, organizational web page, accessed March 27, 2013.