Hormel Foods Corporation recently awarded 59 suppliers with a 2012 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, making an impact on our business,” said Melanie A. Faust, director of purchasing at Hormel Foods. “We’re honored to partner with these distinguished 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. Two years ago, the company announced the Hormel No. 1 Award recipients, who were honored for providing long-term consistent, superior performance during the five-year period from 2006-2010. One of the criteria for the award requires recipients to have received a Spirit of Excellence Award during four out of five years.

A.J. Lysne Contracting Corporation
Allweather Roof
East Penn Manufacturing
Environmental Land Management, LLC
Fehr Solutions, LLC
Fox Electric
Gleeson Constructors & Engineers, LLC
Hyster Company
The Joseph Company, Inc.
Kestner Electric, Inc.
Lou Rich, Inc.
Multivac, Inc.
Rockwell Automation, Inc.
Superior Companies of Minnesota, Inc.
Van Meter Industrial and Werner Electric Supply
Wolf-tec, Inc.

New Fashion Pork LLP
David Reuter
Daryl Muilenberg (PLM)
Gleason Farms Inc.
Jason Fett
Honeysuckle Farms LLC
Spronk Brothers LLP
Josie’s Pork Farm Inc.
BS Hogs/Vision Pork
Tip Top Pork

Fieldale Farms Corporation

Aramark Uniform Services
Bunzl Processor Division
CHR Hansen Inc.
Crown Cork & Seal USA, Inc.
Curwood, Inc.
Dickson Industries, Inc.
DXP Enterprises, Inc.
Exopack LLC
Gamer Packaging Inc.
Griffith Laboratories USA
Hydrite Chemical Co.
International Paper
Kalle USA, Inc.
The Meyers Printing Companies, Inc.
Menasha Packaging
Minnesota Corrugated Box, Inc.
Newly Weds Foods Inc.
Progressive Packaging, Inc.
RR Donnelley
Rangen Inc.
Red Arrow Products Company LLC
Sargento Foods Inc.
Sensient Technologies Corporation
Smyth Companies
Zip Pak
Walter G Anderson Inc.

Dickey Transport, Inc.
ICS Logistics Corporation
McFarland Truck Lines, Inc.
K & B Transportation, Inc.

Source: Hormel Foods Corp.