The company is marking its 70th anniversary this year, having been started by Virgil and Virginia Cooper in 1938.

Cooper Farms has been an active part of its community for many years. In 2002, the company established the Cooper Family Foundation, which supports non-profit organizations in the community. Since 2002, $1 million has been donated by Cooper Farms to local fire departments, historical societies, Boy Scout troops, performing arts centers and other non-profit groups that are important to the small communities that support Cooper Farms’ business.

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“At a time when meat companies sometimes find themselves as unwelcome neighbors, Cooper Farms is truly a valued member of its Oakwood, Ohio, community stemming from years of cooperation and involvement,” said AMI Chairman Dave Miniat, who presented the award.