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Hormel Foods Honors 90 Suppliers with Spirit of Excellence Awards


Austin, Minn.

Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE: HRL) recently awarded 90 suppliers with a 2013 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 achieve our goals,” 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. Three years ago, the company announced the Hormel No. 1 Award recipients, who were honored for providing long-term consistent, superior performance during the five-year period from 2006-2010. One of the criteria for the award requires recipients to have received a Spirit of Excellence Award during four out of five years.

Contractors (19)
A.J. Lysne Contracting Corporation
Allweather Roof
Avure Technologies, Inc.
East Penn Manufacturing
Environmental Land Management, LLC
Fehr Solutions, LLC
Fox Electric
Gleeson Constructors & Engineers, LLC
Hybrid Mechanical, LLC
Hyster Company
Kestner Electric, Inc.
Lou Rich, Inc.
Multivac, Inc.
Rockwell Automation
The Joseph Company, Inc.
Van Meter Industrial and Werner Electric Supply
Weber, Inc.
Wolf-tec, Inc.

Procurement (40)
Bissonette Partnership
CCPC Swine Partnership
Community Farms, LLC
Daryl Muilenburg
Dave Hamm
Diamond Ventures
Doug Bettin
Ephriam Baer
Gleason Farms Inc.
Herickhoff Family Farms, LLC
Honeysuckle Farms, LLC
Hufco, LLC
Jason Fett
John D. Regier
Josie’s Pork Farm Inc.
K & L Pork Inc.
Ken Winsel
LantzEnterprise, Inc.
LB Pork Marketing, LLC
Leonard Pork Farms Inc.
Lonny Schwieger
Lost Island Inc.
Lynn Thate
Lynn’s Farm Inc.
Madsen Ag Inc.
Mike Wolf
New Fashion Pork, LLP
Pig Hill Co.
Proline Protein Inc.
Rebco Pork Inc.
Roger Matejka
Spronk Bros, LLP
Stan Schaefer Inc.
Vander Maten Farms Inc.
Warren Alleven
Wayne Maloney
Wilbur Pig Inc.

Provisions (1)
Fieldale Farms Corporation

Purchasing (26)
Bemis North America
Berry Plastics
Bunzl Processor Division
Corbion Meat & Culinary
Crown Cork & Seal USA, Inc.
Dickson Industries, Inc.
DXP Enterprises Inc.
Gamer Packaging, Inc.
Griffith Laboratories U.S.A., Inc.
Hydrite Chemical Co.
International Paper
Kalle USA, Inc.
Menasha Packaging Company, LLC
Minnesota Corrugated Box, Inc.
Newly Weds Foods Inc.
Progressive Packaging, Inc.
Rangen, Inc. Commodities Division
Red Arrow Products Company LLC
RR Donnelley
Sargento Foods Inc.
Silgan Containers Corp
Smyth Companies
United Sugars Corp.
Walter G. Anderson Inc.
Winpak Ltd.

Transportation (4)
Don Hummer Trucking Corporation
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. The company 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. The company is a member of the Standard & Poor’s (S&P) 500 Index, S&P Dividend Aristocrats for 2013, was named the 2013 Sustainable Supply Chain of the Year by Refrigerated & Frozen Foods magazine, and was again named one of “The 100 Best Corporate Citizens” by Corporate Responsibility Magazine for the fifth year in a row. Hormel Foods was recognized on the G.I. Jobs magazine list of America’s Top 100 Military Friendly Employers in 2012 and 2013, and named one of the 2014 40 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