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Hormel Foods Honors 87 Suppliers with Spirit of Excellence Awards


Austin, Minn.

Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE: HRL) recently awarded 87 suppliers with a 2015 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.

“The Hormel Foods Spirit of Excellence Award program recognizes the suppliers that truly go above and beyond in helping us continually improve our products and services,” said Tyler L. Hulsebus, director of purchasing at Hormel Foods. “We’re honored to partner with these outstanding suppliers.”

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.

In addition to the Spirit of Excellence Award, suppliers compete for the Hormel No. 1 Award every five years. This spring, the company will announce the Hormel No. 1 Award recipients. The award honors suppliers that have provided long-term, consistent, superior performance during the five-year period from 2011 to 2015. One of the criteria for the award requires recipients to have received a Spirit of Excellence Award during four out of five years. A special event will be held this summer to honor the Hormel No. 1 Award recipients.

Contractors (24)
A.J. Lysne Contracting Corporation
Allweather Roof
Avure Technologies, Inc.
Busch, LLC
Cybertrol Engineering, LLC
East Penn Manufacturing
Environmental Land Management, LLC
Evapco, Inc.
Fehr Solutions, LLC
Fox Electric
Gleeson Constructors & Engineers, LLC
Hybrid Mechanical, LLC
Hyster Company
Jasper Engineering
Kestner Electric
Lou Rich, Inc.
Multivac, Inc.
Rockwell Automation
The Dupps Company
The Joseph Company, Inc.
Weber, Inc.
Werner Electric
Wolf-Tec Inc.

Procurement (30)
Country Pork LLP
Darren Schweiger
Daryl Muilenburg
David Schultz
Donley Farms Inc.
Gary Anderson
H&K Livestock
Haverkamp Bros
Honeysuckle Farms, LLC
Hufford Brothers
Jerlyn Spronk
Josie’s Pork Farm Inc.
K & B Farms, LLC
Lake Country Pork LLC
LB Pork Marketing, LLC
Lizard Creek Acres
Lorraine and Josh Pinkelman
Lynn Thate
Lynn’s Farm Inc.
New Fashion Pork, LLP
Proline Protein Inc.
Rebco Pork Inc.
Roe Farms Inc.
Sperr Brothers
Spring Valley Farms, LLP
Spronk Brothers III, LLP
Stan Schaefer
Wayne Maloney

Provisions (3)
Fieldale Farms Corporation
Koch Foods
Kustom Pak Foods

Purchasing (27)
Airlite Plastics Co.
Ball Metal Food Container, LLC.
Bemis North America
Birdsong Peanuts
Bunzl Processor Division
Crown Cork & Seal USA, Inc.
Dickson Industries, Inc.
DXP Enterprises Inc.
Flatout, Inc.
Gamer Packaging, Inc.
Hydrite Chemical Co.
Menasha Packaging Company, LLC
Minnesota Corrugated Box, Inc.
Multisorb Technologies
Newly Weds Foods
Progressive Packaging, Inc.
Red Arrow
Sargento Foods Inc
Sealed Air – Food Care Div.
Silgan Containers LLC
Silgan Plastic Food Containers
Smyth Companies, LLC
Walter G. Anderson Inc.
Winpack Ltd.

Transportation (3)
Dickey Transport, Inc.
Holiday Express Corporation
K & B Transportation, Inc.

About Hormel Foods

Hormel Foods Corporation, based in Austin, Minn., is a multinational manufacturer and marketer of consumer-branded food and meat products, many of which are among the best known and trusted in the food industry. Hormel Foods, which leverages its extensive expertise, innovation and high competencies in pork and turkey processing and marketing to bring branded, value-added products to the global marketplace, will celebrate its 125th anniversary in 2016. The company is a member of the Standard & Poor’s (S&P) 500 Index, S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats, and was named one of “The 100 Best Corporate Citizens” by Corporate Responsibility Magazine for the seventh year in a row. Hormel Foods also received a perfect score on the 2016 Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index, was recognized on the 2016 Best for Vets Employers List by Military Times, and was named one of the 2016 Best Companies for Leaders by Chief Executive magazine. The company enjoys a strong reputation among consumers, retail grocers, foodservice and industrial customers for products highly regarded for quality, taste, nutrition, convenience and value. For more information, visit and