Fighting Fire with Appreciation--Spring/Summer 2011 Edition
As many of you will remember, back in 2009, the Patrick Cudahy
plant in Cudahy, Wisconsin suffered the largest structure fire in
Wisconsin's history. The blaze was caused by a military flare
launched by two brothers celebrating Independence Day. The fire
burned for days, and 64 fire departments assisted in quenching the
flames. When the dust settled, millions of dollars of damage was
caused, but thankfully no lives were lost and few injuries were
Along with Patrick Cudahy and John Morrell, we wanted to show
our appreciation for the tremendous effort those firemen put forth
to save the lives of our employees, and to save the facility from
total destruction. On March 21, we gave the local fire department a
donation of $50,000 as a token of the thanks we have for their
stellar assistance during that fire.
Both Larry Pope from Smithfield and Bill Otis from Patrick
Cudahy attended the event. "I would like to extend my thanks again
to the Cudahy Fire Department and all of the other public safety
personnel from around southeastern Wisconsin and neighboring states
who responded so quickly and professionally to the fire at our
plant," said Larry Pope, our President and CEO. "And I also want to
thank the citizens of Cudahy, and our fellow business people, for
all of their support during that difficult time," Pope added.
"We are truly indebted to the Cudahy firefighters and all of the
other fine public servants from more than 64 fire and police
departments who worked tirelessly to save a local tradition," said
Bill Otis, president and chief operating officer of Patrick Cudahy.
"Because of their expertise, bravery and hard work, no one was
injured during the fire at our plant nearly two years ago. And
we're so very grateful for that."
Cudahy Mayor Tony Day thanked us for our "longstanding
commitment to the city. Patrick Cudahy has been providing good jobs
for generations of our citizens, and the company has been a vital
and active member of our community since it located here in