63 Smithfield Foods Facilities Receive AMI Awards for Their Environmental Stewardship Achievements

Nov 08, 2007, 00:00 ET from Smithfield Foods, Inc.

    SMITHFIELD, Va., Nov. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Meat Institute
 (AMI) has recognized 63 Smithfield Foods, Inc. facilities in 26 states for
 their significant environmental stewardship efforts in their local
 communities during the past year.
     Five of those facilities were also singled out for AMI's highest award,
 the Environmental Achievement Award, which recognizes environmental
 stewardship by companies that exceed AMI's compliance requirements in five
 categories: resource conservation; pollution prevention; upgrades to
 improve environmental sustainability; environmental outreach to the public;
 and environmental training programs.
     In addition, 63 Smithfield Foods facilities earned AMI's Environmental
 Recognition Award, which honors companies that assess their own
 environmental challenges and develop unique solutions that encourage
 continuous improvement.
     "I'm proud of the environmental accomplishments of our employees across
 the Smithfield family of companies," said C. Larry Pope, Smithfield Foods'
 president and chief executive officer. "We all understand that
 environmental stewardship isn't someone else's job. Thanks to the hard work
 of our employees, Smithfield Foods is an industry leader in environmental
 protection and we intend to remain just that."
     Dennis Treacy, Smithfield Foods' vice president of environmental and
 corporate affairs, stressed the importance of continued improvement in the
 company's efforts to protect the environment. "There is always much more
 that can be done to improve the communities where our employees live, work
 and raise their families. We believe that an essential component to
 producing good food for families is doing it in a responsible way," Treacy
     AMI Environmental Achievement Award
     The five Smithfield Foods facilities, their winning categories and
 stewardship efforts:
     -- Farmland Foods, Crete, Neb., first place, environmental outreach to the
        public; funds raised by recycling of scrap metal and used equipment at
        the plant are designated for college scholarships in cooperation with
        the local high school.
     -- Farmland Foods, Carroll, Iowa, second place, pollution prevention; to
        reduce biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) loading to the city wastewater
        treatment system, employees developed a process to preclean meat tubs
        with a squeegee before wash down. Organic material discharges were
        reduced by 50%.
     -- John Morrell & Co., Mohawk Packing Co. San Jose, Calif., second place,
        pollution prevention; the plant developed processes for reusing brine,
        significantly reducing water usage and wastewater discharge.
     -- Smithfield Beef Group, Green Bay, Wis., first place, resource
        conservation; the facility used its Environmental Management System
        (EMS) team and program to reduce water consumption by 13.5% through a
        variety of plantwide initiatives.
     -- Smithfield Packing Company, Wilson, N.C., second place, environmental
        training programs; the plant coordinated with a local community college
        to obtain training for plant mechanics through the Focused Industrial
        Training program.
     AMI Environmental Recognition Award
     The 63 Smithfield Foods facilities that received AMI's Environmental
 Recognition Award included:
     -- Armour-Eckrich Meats LLC, Hastings, Neb., Junction City, Kan., Lufkin,
        Tex., Mason City, Iowa, Omaha, Neb., Peru, Ind., St. Charles, Ill., and
        St. James, Minn.
     -- Cumberland Gap Provision Company, Middlesboro, Ky.
     -- Cook's Ham, Inc., Kansas City, Mo., Grayson, Ky., and Lincoln, Neb.
     -- Curly's Foods, Inc., Sioux City, Iowa
     -- Farmland Foods, Inc., Carroll and Denison, Iowa, Crete, Neb.,
        Independence, Mo., Monmouth, Ill., New Riegel, Ohio, Salt Lake City,
        Utah, Springfield, Mass., and Wichita, Kan.
     -- John Morrell & Co., Great Bend, Kan., Sioux City, Iowa, Sioux Falls,
        S.D., and Springdale, Ohio
     -- Mohawk Packing, San Jose, Calif.
     -- Premium Pet Health, LLC, Frozen Petfood, Denver, Co. and Selective Pet
        Services, Sioux City, Iowa
     -- Saratoga Chemical, North Lake, Ill.
     -- Saratoga Seasonings, Elmhurst, Ill.
     -- North Side Foods, Arnold, Pa., and Cumming, Ga.
     -- Smithfield Beef Group, Mopac Babylon Transfer, Babylon, N.Y., Mopac
        Seaford Blending, Seaford, Del., Mopac Seven Valleys Transfer, Seven
        Valleys, Pa., Mopac Rendering, Elroy, Pa., Mopac
        Rendering-Elizabethville Blending, Elizabethville, Pa., Calf Source
        LLP, DePere, Wis., Elizabethville Beef, Elizabethville, Pa., Harvest
        and Processing Facility, Green Bay, Wis., Harvest and Processing
        Facility, Plainwell, Mich., Souderton Beef, Souderton, Pa., The Ohio
        Feedlot, Inc., South Charleston, Ohio, and Tolleson Facility, Tolleson,
     -- Stefano Foods, Inc., Charlotte, N.C.
     -- Smithfield, Benson Division, Benson, N.C., Clayton Distribution,
        Clayton, N.C., Clinton Division, Clinton, N.C., Stadler's Country Hams,
        Elon, N.C., Ham & Products Division, Smithfield, Va., Kinston Division
        (Kinston 1 and Kinston 2), Kinston, N.C., Landover Division, Landover,
        Md., North Division, Smithfield, Va., Plant City Division, Plant City,
        Fla., Portsmouth Plant, Portsmouth, Va., Smithfield Transportation,
        Smithfield, Va., South Division, Smithfield, Va., Specialty Foods
        Group, Williamsburg, Va., Tar Heel Division, Tar Heel, N.C., Tar Heel
        Transportation, Tar Heel, N.C. and Wilson Division, Wilson, N.C.
     With sales of $12 billion, Smithfield is the leading processor and
 marketer of fresh pork and processed meats in the United States, as well as
 the largest producer of hogs. For more information, visit

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