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Smithfield Foods, Inc. Environmental Training Conference & Environmental Excellence Awards

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CClick photo to enlarge: Winners of this year's Environmental Excellence Awards.

Winners of this year's Environmental Excellence Awards

Click photo to enlarge: Winners of this year's Environmental Excellence Awards.

Winners of this year's Environmental Excellence Awards

Click photo to enlarge: Winners of this year's Environmental Excellence Awards.

Winners of this year's Environmental Excellence Awards

Over 80 plant managers, engineers and environmental coordinators attended Smithfield’s fourth annual Environmental Training Conference on August 18-19, 2005 in Atlanta.

The conference consisted of a number of short presentations by employees on a variety of environmental topics, including medical waste management, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB’s), and ISO 14001 2004 Version update.

Bill Gill, Assistant Vice President of Environmental Affairs said that the conference was a success.

“It provides an opportunity for everybody to network,” he said. “Aside from the presentations, they can talk about different projects they’re working on.”

Smithfield also held its annual Environmental Awards dinner on the first night of the conference.

The awards, which are given on an annual basis, were designed to recognize those subsidiaries and subsidiary personnel who look beyond compliance to focus on preventing pollution and enhancing environmental stewardship through innovative projects. Winners receive a $2,000 prize to be divided among team members as well as a $3,000 donation to a local charity of their choosing.

This year, 15 awards were handed out in ten major categories, including wastewater handling and treatment, environmental training, energy and water conservation, and pollution prevention. The President’s Award is given to the Smithfield facility that demonstrates exemplary environmental performance throughout the year. Because of the quality of applicants this year, four winners were chosen.

2005 Environmental President's Award Winners

Exemplary Compliance – Tar Heel Transportation in Tar Heel, NC; Subsidiary Coordinator: Ruth Debrito; Team: Gary Bradshaw, Jorge Reyes, John Humphrey, Paul Whetsone, and Ruth Debrito

Environmental Stewardship – Murphy Brown – Polish Farms, subsidiaries: Prima, Agri Plus, and Agri; Subsidiary Coordinator: Piotr Pilarski; Team: Piotr Pilarski, Iwona Chilimoniuk

Community Outreach – Smithfield Beef Group – Green Bay; Subsidiary Coordinator: Mark Ritsema; Team: Employees of Packerland Packing, Green Bay and Packerland Transport

Exemplary Participation – John Morrell – Sioux Falls; Subsidiary Coordinator: Steve Dravland: Team ISO 14001 Team, Steve Dravland, Gregory Lyons, Tim Donovan, Roger Spicer, Bev Austin, Scott Johnson, Gary King, Nick Litzen, Steve Pederson, Mark Schmitt, Randy Smith, Tim Steppan, Wanda Venega

2005 Environmental Award Winners

Environment Training: Smithfield Packing/Gwaltney – Kinston; Subsidiary Coordinator: Nicole Santure; Team: Charlie Prentice, David Hoffman, Hank Malpass, Danny Crumpler, John Shurer, John O’Dell, Robert Mozingo, Tommy Edwards, and supported by the rest of the EMS team; Charity chosen: (2) Lenoir Community College – Scholarship, City of Kinston – Parks and Recreation

EMS – ISO 14001: Smithfield Packing/Gwaltney – Tar Heel; Subsidiary Coordinator: Jeff Musselwhite; Team: Tammy Smith, Jeff Musselwhite; Charity Chosen: (3) Lutheran Church of Reconciliation – Abron Kelly Transplant Fund, Keep Blanden Beautiful, Duplin Primary School

Cleaner/Greener Production Processes: Quick to Fix, Garland Texas; Subsidiary Coordinator: Warry Williams; Team: Luis Rivera, Warry Williams, Armando Azocar, Ivan Trevino, Dave Hodgeson, and Gene Bridges; Charity Chosen: (2) Garland Boys Club, Garland Girls Club

Waste Reduction /Pollution Prevention: Smithfield Beef Group: Ohio Feed Lot; Subsidiary Coordinator: Mark Ritsema; Team: Mick Sharp; Charity Chosen: First Presbyterian Church of South Boston, Ohio

Waste Reduction /Pollution Prevention: John Morrell, Springdale Facility; Subsidiary Coordinator: Steve Dravland; Team: Ken Baptist, John Zabonick, John Chappell, Scott George, Rafael Baez; Charity Chosen: Big Brothers/Big Sisters Association of Greater Cincinnati

Waste Reduction/Pollution Prevention: John Morrell, Sioux Falls; Subsidiary Coordinator: Steve Dravland; Team: Mark Schmitt, Jim Hamilton, Tim Donovan; Charity Chosen: The United Way

Energy and Water Conservation: Patrick Cudahy – Cudahy facility; Subsidiary Coordinator: Steve Samolyk; Team: Ray Marsh, Mark Storandt, Matt Kramer, Steve Samolyk, Tom Koeppen; Charity Chosen: Cudahy Fire Department

Energy and Water Conservation: Farmland Foods, Crete Nebraska; Subsidiary Coordinator: Sean Orness; Team: Jeff Waszgis and Mike O’Hara; Charity Chosen: Teammates of Nebraska

Energy and Water Conservation: John Morrell, Sioux Falls; Subsidiary Coordinator: Steve Dravland; Team: Tim Donovan, Scott Johnson, Gary Belfrage; Charity Chosen: The United Way

Energy and Water Conservation: John Morrell, Sioux City; Subsidiary Coordinator: Steve Dravland; Team: Paul Wright, Charles Schulz; Charity Chosen: (3) Sioux City Foodbank, Boys and Girls Home, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

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