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Temple Grandin Praises Hormel Foods for Hog Holding Facility Design


Austin, Minn.

Temple Grandin, Ph.D., professor of animal science at Colorado State University, says the recently opened hog holding facility at the Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE: HRL) Austin (Minn.) Plant is “as good as it gets.”

“This facility is at the top for the industry,” Grandin said. “I am super happy because everything is wonderful; it’s highly managed and perfectly maintained.”

Grandin conducts research and teaches courses on livestock handling and facility design, and has worked with Hormel Foods for more than 10 years. The $6.2 million facility at Hormel Foods opened in 2008 and incorporates many of her industry-leading practices, such as nonreversal movement, nonslip flooring and circular corrals.

“It was an honor to have Temple tour this facility now that construction is complete,” said Glee G. Goodner, corporate manager of animal welfare and handling at Hormel Foods. “We were excited to see her enthusiasm for how our animal care efforts continue to provide leadership for the industry through state-of-the art building designs, maintenance schedules and employee training.”

Recently, Grandin was the subject of an HBO movie that provided insight into her perseverance and determination while struggling with autism. “Temple Grandin” was nominated for 15 Primetime Emmy Awards. She is also one of Time Magazine’s Most Influential People for 2010.

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 quality, value-added brands to the global marketplace. The company is a member of the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index. Hormel Foods was named one of “The 400 Best Big Companies in America” by Forbes magazine for 10 consecutive years. 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