Continuous Improvement Evident as 191 Poultry Facilities Recognized for Safety Performance

DESTIN, Fla. – Aug. 15, 2018 – During the 2018 National Safety Conference for the Poultry Industry in Destin, Fla., 191 chicken and turkey facilities received safety awards by the Joint Industry Safety and Health Council. The companies were honored in recognition of their outstanding performance through the implementation of innovative and effective employee safety and health programs.

“Our industry has made great advancements over the past few decades to improve workplace safety. We received more applications this year for the safety awards program than ever before. It is great to see so many companies implementing new and innovative programs to promote safety in their facilities,” said Joint Industry Safety and Health Council Chair Mick Berning, Cargill.

The Joint Industry Safety and Health Council consists of members from the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, National Chicken Council and National Turkey Federation. Collectively, the three organizations represent companies that produce 95 percent of the nation’s poultry products and directly employ more than 350,000 workers.

Based on the latest data available from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the poultry slaughter and processing OSHA total recordable illness and injury rate for 2016 was 4.2 cases per 100 fulltime workers. The 2016 rate represents an outstanding 82 percent improvement from 1994.

Award consideration was based on injury statistics over three years and an evaluation of written applications by academia and other safety experts. Fifty-eight facilities received the highest level of recognition, “Award of Distinction.” The other categories included “Award of Honor” and “Award of Merit.”

Award of Distinction

Butterball LLC
Huntsville, AR – Processing

California, MO – Feed Mill

Cobb-Vantress, Inc.    
Fayetteville, AR – Hatchery
Wadesboro, NC – Hatchery

Cooper Farms
Oakwood, OH – Hatchery          

Fieldale Farms
Mt. Airy, GA – Hatchery

Foster Farms  
Choudrant, LA – Hatchery
Turlock, CA Walnut – Hatchery
Turlock, CA FTP 2 – Processing
Farmerville, LA – Cooked Plant
Kelso, WA – Processing

George’s, Inc.
Springdale, AR – Processing
Springdale, AR – Further Processing

Gerber’s Poultry, Inc. 
Kidron, OH – Processing

House of Raeford Farms
Arcadia, LA – Processing
Rose Hill, NC – Processing
Lavonia, GA – Hatchery
West Columbia, SC – Processing

Keystone Foods LLC
Franklin KY – Hatchery
Camilla GA – Processing
Albany KY Equity Group – KY Division – Processing
Gadsden AL – Processing
Eufaula, AL – Processing
Eufaula, AL – Feed Mill

Koch Foods, Inc.         
Anniston, AL Fair Knoll – Hatchery
Montgomery, AL – Processing
Pine Mountain Valley, GA – Processing
Hope Hull, AL – Feed Mill

Mountaire Farms, Inc.
Westover, MD – Feed Mill
Siler City, NC Mount Vernon – Hatchery
Princess Anne, MD – Hatchery
Lumber Bridge, NC – Processing
Millsboro, DE – Feed Mill
Millsboro, DE Resource Recovery Plant – Rendering

Perdue Farms
Accomac, VA – Processing
Trion, GA – Hatchery
Monterey, TN – Further Processing
Perry, GA Harvest – Processing
Beaver Dam, KY Cromwell – Processing
Perry, GA – Cook Plant
Elkin, NC – Feed Mill
Bridgewater, VA – Further Processing
Petaluma, CA Willowbrook – Feed Mill
Vincennes, IN – Hatchery
Lewiston, NC – Processing
Forsyth, GA – Feed Mill
Santa Rosa, CA Lakeville Growers – Hatchery

Sanderson Farms, Inc.
Bryan, TX Brazos Production – Hatchery

Simmons’ Foods, Inc.  
Siloam Springs, AR – Further Processing

Tip Top Poultry, Inc.  
Rockmart, GA – Further Processing

Tyson Foods Inc.
Robards, KY – Rendering
Texarkana, AR – Rendering
Cumming, GA – Further Processing
Magee, MS – Hatchery
Stilwell, OK – Hatchery

Wayne Farms LLC
Jack, AL Enterprise Complex – Processing
Union Springs, AL – Processing

Valley Proteins Inc.
Wadesboro, NC – Rendering

Award of Honor

Butterball LLC
Ozark, AR – Processing
Carthage, MO – Processing      
Jonesboro, AR – Further Processing     

Case Farms
Shelby, NC – Feed Mill
Dudley, NC Goldsboro Division – Processing

Cobb-Vantress, Inc.    
University of Arkansas Breeder Research Farm – Hatchery

Fieldale Farms
Eastanollee, GA Toccoa Protein Conversion Plant– Rendering

Jennie-O Turkey Store, Inc.   
Faribault, MN Turkey – Processing       
Montevideo, MN – Further Processing
Barron, WI – Hatchery
Pelican Rapids, MN West Central Turkeys – Processing

Koch Foods, Inc.         
Chattanooga, TN – Feed Mill
Cumming, GA – Further Processing
Gadsden, AL – Processing        
Forest, MS – Further Processing

Maple Leaf Foods       
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada – Processing

Mountaire Farms Inc.
Selbyville, DE – Processing      
Millsboro, DE – Processing

OK Foods, Inc.
Heavener, OK – Hatchery

Perdue Farms
Milford, DE – Processing
Salisbury, MD Eagle Springs – Hatchery
Kenly, NC – Hatchery
Rockingham, NC – Processing
Candor, NC – Feed Mill
Nashville, NC – Feed Mill
Salisbury, MD – Hatchery
Westover, MD – Hatchery

Pilgrim’s Corp.           
Mt. Pleasant, TX West – Processing
Broadway, VA Clearview – Hatchery
Pittsburg, TX – Hatchery         
Elberton, GA Prepared Foods – Processing
Mt. Pleasant, TX Prepared Foods – Processing
Gainesville, GA – Processing
Mt. Pleasant, TX East – Processing
Guntersville, AL – Processing
DeQueen, AR – Processing
Natchitoches, LA – Processing

Sanderson Farms, Inc.
Laurel, MS Foods Division – Processing

Simmons’ Foods, Inc.  
Siloam Springs, AR – Hatchery

Tyson Foods Inc.
Harmony, NC – Rendering       
Scranton, AR – Rendering
Decherd, TN – Hatchery
Dexter, MO – Hatchery
Walnut Grove, MS – Hatchery
Rogers, AR Tyson of Rogers – Processing
Springdale, AR Berry Street – Processing
Lincoln, AR – Hatchery
Hope, AR – Hatchery
Sedalia, MO – Hatchery
Carthage, MS – Processing
Hope, AR – Processing
Monroe, NC – Feed Mill
Pottsville, AR – Feed Mill
Berryville, AR – Further Processing      
Blountsville, AL – Processing
North Little Rock, AR – Processing
Oglethorpe, GA – Hatchery
Gonzalez, TX – Feed Mill

Valley Proteins, Inc.
Fayetteville, NC – Rendering
Gastonia, NC – Rendering        

Wayne Farms LLC
Jack, AL Enterprise Complex – Processing
Union Springs, AL – Processing
Troy, AL – Hatchery
Decatur, AL East – Further Processing
Dothan, AL – Hatchery
Thurmond, NC Elkin – Hatchery
Decatur, AL Fresh Prepared Foods – Processing
Decatur, AL West Prepared Foods – Processing
Danville, AR – Hatchery
Decatur, AL – Hatchery

Award of Merit

American Proteins, Inc.
Cuthbert, GA – Rendering
Cumming, GA – Rendering

Butterball LLC
Turkey, NC – Feed Mill
Goldsboro, NC Hatchery #3 – Hatchery
Raeford, NC Hatchery #1 – Hatchery

California, MO – Hatchery

Case Farms
Morganton, NC – Processing
Winesburg, OH – Processing
Massillon, OH  – Feed Mill

Claxton Poultry Farms
Claxton, GA – Processing

Cobb-Vantress, Inc.
Rose, OK Sweetwater Farm – Hatchery
Timpson, TX – Hatchery
Deer Lodge, TN Dry Creek/TN Pedigree Complex – Hatchery
Monticello, KY Strawberry Hill – Hatchery
Pocomoke, MD – Hatchery
Cleveland, GA – Hatchery
Lafayette, TN – Hatchery
Monticello, KY Kentucky Hatchery – Hatchery
Monticello, KY Kentucky Farms – Hatchery 
Cleveland, GA – Processing
Wadesboro, NC – Processing

Farbest Foods, Inc.
Vincennes, IN – Processing

Fieldale Farms
Baldwin, GA Cornelia – Processing

Foster Farms, Inc.
Demopolis, AL Corndog Plant – Processing
Fresno, CA Cherry Ave. – Processing

George’s, Inc.
Springdale, AR – Feed Mill

Keystone Foods LLC
Franklin, KY – Feed Mill

Mountaire Farms, Inc.
Statesville, NC Breeder – Hatchery

Peco Foods, Inc.
Batesville, AR – Processing
Batesville, AR – Feed Mill
Canton, MS Fulton Street – Processing
Sebastopol, MS – Processing
Bay Springs, MS – Processing
Tuscaloosa, AL – Processing
Canton, MS Feather Lane – Further Processing

Perdue Farms
Bridgeville, DE – Feed Mill
Concord, NC – Cook Plant
Hurlock, MD #26 – Hatchery

Pilgrim’s Corp.
Nashville, AR – Feed Mill
Live Oak, FL – Hatchery
Ellijay, GA – Processing
Sanford, NC – Processing
Harrisonburg, VA – Feed Mill
Harrisonburg, VA – Hatchery
Pittsburg, TX – Feed Mill

Sanderson Farms, Inc.
Fernwood, MS McComb Production– Feed Mill

Tyson Foods, Inc.
Union City, TN Obion County – Hatchery
Green Forest, AR – Processing
Shelbyville, TN – Processing
Van Buren, AR – Further Processing
Vicksburg, MS – Processing
Waldron, AR – Feed Mill
Nashville, AR – Processing
Forest, MS – Processing
Clarksville, AR – Further Processing
Monett, MO – Processing
Springdale, AR Randall Road Cornish – Further Processing
Waldron, AR – Hatchery
Monroe, NC – Processing
Russellville, AR Tyler Road – Processing
Grannis, AR – Processing
Dexter, MO – Processing
Waldron, AR – Processing


Award Presentation Pictures: Pictures of the award presentations will be available Friday afternoon. Please contact us if you would like a picture emailed to you.

About U.S. Poultry and Egg Association
U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY) is the all-feather organization representing the complete spectrum of today’s poultry industry, whose mission is to progressively serve member companies through research, education, communication and technical assistance. Founded in 1947, USPOULTRY is based in Tucker, Ga.

 About the National Chicken Council
The National Chicken Council (NCC) represents integrated chicken producer-processors, the companies that produce and process chickens. Member companies of NCC account for more than 95 percent of the chicken sold in the United States.

About the National Turkey Federation
The National Turkey Federation (NTF) is the national advocate raising awareness for its members’ products, while strengthening their ability to profitably and safely deliver wholesome, high-quality, and nutritious food to consumers worldwide. NTF represents growers, processors, hatchers, breeders, distributors, allied services and state associations. NTF is found at, on Twitter @TurkeyGal and on Facebook as Turkey. The Perfect Protein® 

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