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
"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
-- 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
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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