Flying Feathers In the Coop: Mike Tyson

Tyson wants to rule the roost

He looks like a farm-implements salesman in his brown uniform, but make no mistake: Don Tyson, 58, is the king of America's poultry producers. His Springdale, Ark., company slaughters more than 15 million chickens a week, turning out 1,300 products ranging from fresh broilers to frozen nuggets. His desire to rule an even bigger roost has kept the feathers flying in the chicken industry since last October, when Tyson (1988 revenues: $2 billion) offered $894 million for the No. 3 producer, Memphis-based Holly Farms.

But the Tennessee company clucked loudly at Tyson's advances and turned to another chicken producer interested in...

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