Continuous Improvement Evident as 191 Poultry Facilities Recognized for Safety Performance

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August 15, 2018

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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