The Joint Industry Safety and Health Council honored 92 chicken and turkey facilities for outstanding safety performance through the implementation of innovative and effective employee safety and health programs. The annual safety awards were presented on August 21 during the 2013 National Safety Conference for the Poultry Industry held in Amelia Island, Fla.

The Joint Industry Safety and Health Council consists of members from U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, National Chicken Council and National Turkey Federation. Collectively, the three organizations represent companies that produce 95 percent of the nation's poultry products and employ more than 350,000 workers.

"We would like to congratulate these facilities and their management teams. These awards recognize outstanding safety performance achievement as a result of their effective and innovative programs. The noteworthy and consistent decrease in illness and injury rates among poultry's workforce over the last two decades is a direct result of their compelling dedication to worker safety," the council said in a statement.

Award consideration was based on injury statistics over three years and an evaluation of written applications by three judges: Gary Pohlmann of Marsh Risk Consulting; Doug Britton, program manager for Agricultural Technology Research at Georgia Tech Research Institute; and George Nassif of Aon Global Risk Consulting. Twenty-four facilities received the highest level of recognition, "Award of Distinction." The other categories included "Award of Honor" and "Award of Merit."

Award of Distinction


Ozark, Ark. - processing

Ozark, Ark. - feed mill

Carthage, Mo. - processing

Huntsville, Ark. - processing

Jonesboro, Ark. - processing

Turkey, N.C. - feed mill


Cargill Value Added Meats
 Temple, Texas - feed mill

Waco, Texas - processing

Elkton, Va. - breeder operation


GNP Company

Arcadia, Wis. - feed mill


Hillshire Brands

Storm Lake, Iowa - processing


Keystone Foods
 Albany, Ky. - processing

Franklin, Ky. - hatchery

Camilla, Ga. - processing


Perdue Farms Inc.
 Perry, Ga. - cook plant

Dillon, S.C. - processing

Perry, Ga. - fresh processing

Concord, N.C. - further processing

Salisbury, Md. - processing

Rockingham, N.C. - processing

Georgetown, Del. - roaster complex

Monterey, Tenn. - processing


Wayne Farms LLC

Pendergrass, Ga. - processing

Clermont, Ga. - hatchery


Awards of Honor

 Mt. Olive, N.C. - processing


Cargill Turkey Production LLC
 Springdale, Ark. - feed mill


Case Farms
 Goldsboro, N.C. - further processing


Cobb-Vantress, Inc.
 Siloam Springs, Ark. - feed mill

Timpson, Texas - hatchery

Monticello, Ky. - hatchery


Gerber Poultry

Kidron, Ohio - processing


Jennie-O Turkey Store
 Dawson, Minn. - feed mill


Keystone Foods

Gadsden, Ala. - processing

Eufaula, Ala. - processing

Eufaula, Ala. - hatchery

Reidsville, N.C. - processing


Mountaire Farms

Lumber Bridge, N.C. - processing

Statesville, N.C. - breeder operation

Frankford, Del. - feed mill

Millsboro, Del. - feed mill

Millsboro, Del. - processing

Selbyville, Del. - processing


Perdue Farms Inc.

Accomac, Va. - processing

Bridgewater, Va. - further processing

Cromwell, Ky. - processing


Hurlock, Md. - hatchery

Milford, Del. - processing

Murfreesboro, N.C. - hatchery

Washington, Ind. - turkey processing


Petaluma Acquisitions LLC

Petaluma, Calif. - processing

Petaluma, Calif. - hatchery


Pilgrim's Pride Corporation

Batesville, Ark. - processing

Broadway, Va. - processing

Broadway, Va. - hatchery

Harrisonburg, Va. - feed mill

Moorefield, W.V. - feed mill

Nacogdoches, Texas - processing

Nacogdoches, Texas - hatchery


Sanderson Farms, Inc.

Laurel, Miss. - feed mill


Simmons Foods

Siloam Springs, Ark. - further processing


Tyson River Valley Animal Foods

Robards, Ky.


Trinity Valley Foods

Irving, Texas - processing


Wayne Farms

Danville, Ark. - hatchery

Decatur, Ala. East - further processing

Decatur, Ala. - fresh plant

Decatur, Ala. West - further processing

Dobson, N.C. - feed mill

Elkin, N.C. - hatchery

Troy, Ala. - hatchery

Union Springs, Ala. - processing


Awards of Merit

Cargill Value Added Meats
 Springdale, Ark. - processing


House of Raeford Farms

Arcadia, La. - processing


Jennie-O Turkey Store

Barron, Wis. - processing

Willmar, Minn. - Benson Ave. plant

Montevideo, Minn. - processing

Willmar, Minn. - Willmar Ave. plant


Mountaire Farms

Siler City, N.C. - hatchery


Perdue Farms Inc.

Hurlock Md. - feed mill

Lewiston, N.C. - processing


Petaluma Acquisitions LLC

Petaluma, Calif. - feed mill



Marshville, N.C. - processing

Mayfield, Ky. - processing

Moorefield, W.V. - fresh foods

Moorefield, W.V. - prepared foods


Sanderson Farms

McComb, Miss. - processing


Tyson Foods

Berryville, Ark. - further processing

Rogers, Ark. - further processing

Monett, Mo. - hatchery

Van Buren, Ark. - further processing


Wayne Farms

Laurel, Miss. - feed mill


Wenger's Feed Mill   

Muncy, Pa. - feed mill

Hegins, Pa. - feed mill