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Hormel Foods Honors 71 Suppliers with Spirit of Excellence Award


Austin, Minn.

Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE: HRL) recently awarded 71 suppliers with a 2018 Spirit of Excellence Award for their roles in the company’s continuous improvement process throughout the last year

These suppliers are from a variety of areas including contractors, pork procurement, provisions, ingredients, packaging and transportation.

“Congratulations to our suppliers who have achieved this distinguished honor from our company,” said Curtis Southard, director of purchasing for Hormel Foods. “We are proud to partner with these suppliers. They play a key role in helping us deliver inspired food to people around the world and in achieving our key results.”

Suppliers that qualified for the Spirit of Excellence Award maintained a minimum supplier rating index score of 92 throughout a 12-month period. This score is determined by a universal measurement system that began in 1990 to ensure each supplier is held to the same standards. Award criteria include meeting performance requirements, making on-time deliveries and providing high-level customer support.

The suppliers receiving a 2018 Spirit of Excellence Award are listed below.

Contractors (23)
A.J. Lysne Contracting Corporation
Allweather Roof
Avure Technologies, Inc.
Bush, LLC
Cybertrol Engineering
East Penn Manufacturing Inc.
Eaton Corporation
Environmental Land Management, LLC
Fehr Solutions, LLC
Fox Electric
Harty Mechanical, Inc.
Hybrid Mechanical, LLC
Hyster-Yale Group
Jasper Engineering
Kestner Electric
Lou Rich, Inc.
Nikkel & Associates Inc.
Preston Refrigeration
Rockwell Automation
The Joseph Company, Inc.
Weber, Inc.
Werner Electric Ventures, LLC

Provisions (3)
Mountaire Farms
Nebraska Beef
Taurus Food Products

Procurement (19)
Daryl Muilenburg
Dean Thate
Donley Farms Inc.
Eric Ruen
Highland Family Farms
Hitterdal Hogs LLC
John and Amy Regier
Josie’s Pork Farm Inc.
K B Q Inc.
LBH Partners LLP
Lenort Pork
Mike Brandts
New Fashion Pork LLP
Proline Protein Inc.
R C Family Farms Inc.
Roe Farms Inc.
Sayon Inc.
Spring Valley Farms LLP
Thome Family Farms Inc.

Purchasing (22)
Birdsong Peanuts
Bemis North America
Bunzl Processor Division
Dickson Industries, Inc.
DXP Enterprises Inc.
Ecolab, Inc.
Gamer Packaging, Inc.
Menasha Packaging Company, LLC
Minnesota Corrugated Box, Inc.
MPI Label Systems
Phoenix Closures, Inc.
Ring Container Technologies LLC
RR Donnelley
Sealed Air Corporation
Silgan Containers, LLC
Silgan Plastic Food Containers
Smyth Companies, LLC
The Meyers Printing Companies, Inc.
Veritiv Corporation
Zip-Pak, An ITW Company

Transportation (4)
Don Hummer Trucking
Holiday Express Corporation
K&B Transportation
McFarland Truck Lines

About Hormel Foods – Inspired People. Inspired Food.

Hormel Foods Corporation, based in Austin, Minn., is a global branded food company with over $9 billion in annual revenues across 75 countries worldwide. Its brands include SKIPPY®, SPAM®, Hormel® Natural Choice®, Applegate®, Justin’s®, Columbus®, Wholly® guacamole, Hormel® Black Label® and more than 30 other beloved brands. The company is a member of the S&P 500 Index and the S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats, was named one of “The 100 Best Corporate Citizens” by Corporate Responsibility Magazine for the 11th year in a row, and has received numerous other awards and accolades for its corporate responsibility and community service efforts. In 2016, the company celebrated its 125th anniversary and announced its new vision for the future – Inspired People. Inspired Food.™ – focusing on its legacy of innovation. For more information, visit and