A Conversation With Joe Luter IV President, Smithfield Packing Company
The building housing the Smithfield Packing plant and its corporate offices is seasoned with the footprints of four generations of Luter men named Joseph. Now comes Joseph IV, the latest Luter to shepherd Smithfield Packing, the pork-processing business founded by his grandfather and great-grandfather. His appointment as president coincides with an operating realignment governing Smithfield Packing and Gwaltney of Smithfield Ltd, Smithfield Foods’ two Smithfield, VA, facilities in walking distance of each other. Corporately, the two operations merged two years ago only to return to their previous status as independent operating companies.