Hormel Foods Corp. recently awarded 87 suppliers with a 2015 Spirit of Excellence Award for their roles in the company’s continuous improvement process throughout the last year. These suppliers are from a variety of areas including contractors, pork procurement, provisions, ingredients, packaging and transportation.

“The Hormel Foods Spirit of Excellence Award program recognizes the suppliers that truly go above and beyond in helping us continually improve our products and services,” said Tyler L. Hulsebus, director of purchasing at Hormel Foods. “We’re honored to partner with these outstanding suppliers.”

Suppliers that qualified for the Spirit of Excellence Award maintained a minimum supplier rating index score of 92 throughout a 12-month period. This score is determined by a universal measurement system that began in 1990 to ensure each supplier is held to the same standards. Award criteria include meeting performance requirements, making on-time deliveries and providing high-level customer support.

In addition to the Spirit of Excellence Award, suppliers compete for the Hormel No. 1 Award every five years. This spring, the company will announce the Hormel No. 1 Award recipients. The award honors suppliers that have provided long-term, consistent, superior performance during the five-year period from 2011 to 2015. One of the criteria for the award requires recipients to have received a Spirit of Excellence Award during four out of five years. A special event will be held this summer to honor the Hormel No. 1 Award recipients.


Contractors (24)

A.J. Lysne Contracting Corporation

Allweather Roof

Avure Technologies, Inc.

Busch, LLC

Cybertrol Engineering, LLC

East Penn Manufacturing

Environmental Land Management, LLC

Evapco, Inc.

Fehr Solutions, LLC

Fox Electric

Gleeson Constructors & Engineers, LLC

Hybrid Mechanical, LLC

Hyster Company

Jasper Engineering

Kestner Electric


Lou Rich, Inc.

Multivac, Inc.

Rockwell Automation

The Dupps Company

The Joseph Company, Inc.

Weber, Inc.

Werner Electric

Wolf-Tec Inc.


Procurement (30)

Country Pork LLP

Darren Schweiger

Daryl Muilenburg

David Schultz

Donley Farms Inc.

Gary Anderson

H&K Livestock

Haverkamp Bros

Honeysuckle Farms, LLC


Hufford Brothers

Jerlyn Spronk

Josie's Pork Farm Inc.

K & B Farms, LLC


Lake Country Pork LLC

LB Pork Marketing, LLC

Lizard Creek Acres

Lorraine and Josh Pinkelman

Lynn Thate

Lynn's Farm Inc.

New Fashion Pork, LLP

Proline Protein Inc.

Rebco Pork Inc.

Roe Farms Inc.

Sperr Brothers

Spring Valley Farms, LLP

Spronk Brothers III, LLP

Stan Schaefer

Wayne Maloney


Provisions (3)

Fieldale Farms Corporation

Koch Foods

Kustom Pak Foods


Purchasing (27)

Airlite Plastics Co.

Ball Metal Food Container, LLC.

Bemis North America

Birdsong Peanuts

Bunzl Processor Division

Crown Cork & Seal USA, Inc.

Dickson Industries, Inc.

DXP Enterprises Inc

Flatout, Inc.

Gamer Packaging, Inc.

Hydrite Chemical Co.

Menasha Packaging Company, LLC


Minnesota Corrugated Box, Inc.

Multisorb Technologies

Newly Weds Foods


Progressive Packaging, Inc.

Red Arrow

Sargento Foods Inc

Sealed Air - Food Care Div.

Silgan Containers LLC

Silgan Plastic Food Containers

Smyth Companies, LLC


Walter G. Anderson Inc.

Winpack Ltd.


Transportation (3)

Dickey Transport, Inc.

Holiday Express Corporation

K & B Transportation, Inc.

Source: Hormel Foods Corp.