Poultry Industry Recognizes 115 Poultry Facilities for Outstanding Safety Performance

Myrtle Beach, S.C. – The Joint Industry Safety and Health Council recognized 115 chicken and turkey facilities for outstanding safety performance through the implementation of innovative and effective employee safety and health programs. The annual safety awards were presented during the 2015 National Safety Conference for the Poultry Industry held in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

The Joint Industry Safety and Health Council consist 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.

“The 2015 awards program resulted in the largest number of award recipients ever, despite more rigorous conditions to qualify. This increase further highlights the industry’s dedication to workplace safety. We congratulate these facilities and their management teams. The awards recognize their excellent safety performance achievement as a result of successful and advanced programs. The significant and continued decrease in illness and injury rates among poultry’s workforce over the last two decades is a direct result of their commitment to worker safety,” said the Council.

The total recordable poultry processing illness and injury rate for 2013 was 4.5 cases per 100 full-time workers (per year), down from 4.9 in 2012. This represents an 80 percent decrease from 1994 (the oldest data available on the BLS website), when the recorded rate was 22.7, demonstrating the enormous progress poultry processors have made in improving safety for our workforce.

Award consideration was based on injury statistics over three years and an evaluation of written applications by judges Doug Britton, program manager for Agricultural Technology Research at Georgia Tech Research Institute, and George Nassif of Aon Global Risk Consulting. Sixty-four facilities received the highest level of recognition, “Award of Distinction.” The other categories included “Award of Honor” and “Award of Merit.”

Award of Distinction

Cargill Meat Solutions

Waco, TX – Processing

Cargill Turkey Production LLC

Gentry, AR – Hatchery

Harrisonburg, VA – Feed Mill

Case Farms Inc.

Goldsboro, NC – Further Processing

Foster Poultry Farms, Inc.

Demopolis, AL – Corndog Plant

Emmett, AR – Feed Mill

Turlock, CA – Cooked Plant

Turlock, CA – Processing

Delta, CO – Feed Mill

Athens, LA – Hatchery

Farmerville, LA – Cooked Plant

Farmerville, LA – Processing

Cherry Ave – Processing

GNP Company

Arcadia, WI – Feed Mill

House of Raeford

Arcadia, LA – Processing

Keystone Foods LLC

Eufaula, AL – Processing

Gadsden, AL – Processing

Camilla, GA – Hatchery

Camilla, GA – Processing

Albany, KY – Processing

Reidsville, NC – Processing

Koch Foods, Inc.

Collinsville, AL – Processing

Gadsden, AL – Processing

Forest, MS – Debone

Morton, MS – Further Processing

Mountaire Farms Inc.

Frankford, DE – Feed Mill

Selbyville, DE – Processing

Lumber Bridge, NC – Processing

Statesville, NC – Hatchery

Peco Foods, Inc.

Sebastopol, MS – Processing

Perdue Farms

Georgetown, DE – Processing

Milford, DE – Processing

Perry, GA – Cook Plant

Perry, GA – Fresh Processing

Cromwell, KY – Processing

Salisbury, MD – Processing

Concord, NC – Further Processing

Halifax, NC – Hatchery

Lewiston, NC – Processing

Rockingham, NC – Processing

Dillon, SC – Hatchery

Dillon, SC – Processing

Monterey, TN – Further Processing

Accomac, VA – Processing

Bridgewater, VA – Further Processing

Pilgrim’s Corp

Cohutta, GA – Hatchery

Gainesville, GA – Hatchery

Natchitoches, LA – Processing

Broadway, VA – Processing

Moorefield, WV – Prepared Foods

Sanderson Farms

Adel, GA – Hatchery

Simmons Foods, Inc.

Decatur, AR – Processing

Siloam Springs, AR – Hatchery

Tyson / River Valley Animal Foods

Robards, KY – Rendering

Tyson Foods, Inc.

Storm Lake, IA – Processing

Wayne Farms LLC

Decatur, AL – East Further Processing

Decatur, AL – West Further Processing

Dothan, AL – Processing

Enterprise, AL – Processing

Troy, AL – Hatchery

Union Springs, AL – Processing

Pendergrass, GA – Processing

Laurel, MS – Hatchery

Elkin, NC – Hatchery

Award of Honor

Cargill Turkey Production LLC

Springdale, AR – Feed Mill

Case Farms

Goldsboro, NC – Hatchery

Cobb-Vantress, Inc.

Siloam Springs, AR – Feed Mill

Wadesboro, NC – Hatchery

Timpson, TX – Hatchery

George’s Inc.

Springdale, AR – Processing
Gerber Poultry

Kidron, OH – Processing

House of Raeford

West Columbia, SC – Complex

Jennie-O Turkey Store

Dawson, MN – Feed Mill

Montevideo, MN – Processing

Willmar, MN – Willmar Ave Plant

Barron, WI – Feed Mill

Koch Foods

Cumming, GA – Debone

Pine Mountain Valley, GA – Processing

Morton, MS – Feed Mill

Mountaire Farms

Millsboro, DE – Feed Mill

Peco Farms Inc.         

Gordo, AL – Hatchery

Batesville, AR – Processing

West Fulton St. – Processing

Perdue Farms Inc.

Bridgeville, DE – Feed Mill

Thorntown, IN – Hatchery

Washington, IN – Feed Mill

Hurlock, MD – Feed Mill

Westover, MD – Hatchery

Murfreesboro, NC – Hatchery

Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation

Ft. Payne, AL – Hatchery

Guntersville, AL – Processing

Gainesville, GA – Processing

Marshville, NC – Processing

Center, TX – Hatchery

Nacogdoches, TX – Hatchery

Harrisonburg, VA – Feed Mill

Sanderson Farms, Inc.

Collins, MS – Hatchery

Sanderson Farms, Inc. – Foods Division

Flowood, MS

Simmons Foods

Pineville, MO – Hatchery

Van Buren, AR – Processing

Southwest City, MO – Processing

Tyson Foods  

Nashville, AR – Processing

Dexter, MO – Hatchery

Wayne Farms LLC

Danville, AR – Hatchery

Award of Merit

George’s Inc.

Springdale, AR – Further Processing

Gerber Farm Division

Kidron, OH – Hatchery

Jennie-O Turkey Store

Melrose, MN – Processing

Barron, WI – Processing

West Central Turkeys

Koch Foods

Montgomery, AL – Feed Mill

Chattanooga, TN – Feed Mill

Peco Farms Inc.

Tuscaloosa, AL – Processing

Feather Lane – Further Processing

Pilgrim’s Corp.

Athens, GA – Processing

Tyson Foods

Dexter, MO – Feed Mill


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.

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