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William A. “Bill” Jordan


William A. (Bill) Jordan, a resident of Fort Payne, Alabama, owned and operated Jordan Hatchery, Inc., the largest privately owned hatchery in the United States, for 35 years until he sold it to Seaboard Farms in1995. For the next four years, he continued to work in the poultry industry as regional manager of Cumberland Hatchery Systems until he retired in 1999. But retirement did not bring a lull to his busy schedule. These days, he contributes back to his community by serving as mayor of Fort Payne.

A native of northwest Georgia, Jordan grew up on a farm in the Villanow community and attended high school in Dalton, Georgia. He then attended Auburn University, earning a degree in industrial management in 1959.

One of the most respected men in the state’s poultry business, Jordan is known for his honesty, knowledge, work ethic, and integrity. He has been active in many agricultural associations, serving as president of the Alabama Poultry and Egg Association (AP&EA) and the Alabama Hatchery Association, and chairman of the Auburn University Agricultural Advisory Council. He also is a board member of the National Auburn Alumni Association, was inducted into the AP&EA Hall of Fame in 1994, and is a life member of the Auburn University and AU Agricultural Alumni Associations, as well as being an AU athletic and poultry scholarship donor.

Jordan is a member of the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries and the AP&EA boards of directors. He also is a member of the AU Research Advisory Council and the AU Poultry Science Blue Ribbon Committee and is co-chairman of the poultry industry fund raising committee for the new AU Poultry Science building and chairman of the AP&EA political action committee.

In addition to his work in agriculture, Jordan is active in many civic and community organizations including the Fort Payne Rotary Club and First United Methodist Church in Fort Payne. He has served on the Fort Payne City Council and Fort Payne Board of Education and is on the advisory board of the DeKalb County Baptist Medical Center. He also is a charter member of the Landmarks of DeKalb, Inc., and Landmarks of DeKalb
Museum, Inc., and is a director for AmSouth Bank in Fort Payne.