Hormel Foods Corporation has announced the upcoming retirement of Jeffrey A. Nuytten, vice president of Refrigerated Foods operations. As a result, Donald J. Temperley, vice president of Grocery Products operations, will advance to vice president of Refrigerated Foods operations and Timothy J. Fritz, plant manager, Austin, MN, will advance to vice president of Grocery Products operations.

“I am pleased to recognize Jeff for his leadership and significant contributions to our plants and operations during his distinguished career with Hormel Foods,” said Thomas R. Day, group vice president, Refrigerated Foods. “On behalf of the entire Refrigerated Foods team, we wish him the best in his retirement. He will certainly be missed.”

“I would like to extend special congratulations to Donnie and Tim on their advancements,” said James M. Splinter, group vice president, Grocery Products. “I am confident that their experience, knowledge and leadership will significantly benefit and further define our success.”


Nuytten began his career in 1979 at the company’s former Fort Dodge, IA, plant as a production manager trainee. He transferred to the Fremont, NE, plant later that year and held various supervisor roles in areas including sanitation and hog cut. In 1987, Nuytten advanced to plant superintendent of Dold Foods, Wichita, KS, then moved to various plant manager positions, including to the Austin plant in 2000. In 2004, he was named vice president of operations group for Jennie-O Turkey Store, Wilmar, MN. He assumed his current role in 2012.

Temperley joined FDL Foods in 1982 (which became Rochelle, IL, Foods in 1993) and held various production management roles. In 1993, he advanced to superintendent of processed meats. He transferred to the Austin plant in 1996 as superintendent of cured and smoked meats production, and advanced to manager of pork processing at the corporate office Austin in 2000. Temperley was named plant manager of the Fremont plant in 2005 and director of pork operations and procurement at the corporate office in 2012. He assumed his current role in 2014.

Fritz joined Hormel Foods in 1984 as a relief supervisor at the Fremont plant. He held various supervisor, production superintendent and personnel manager roles at the Fremont, Atlanta (Tucker, GA) and Austin plants until being named the corporate manager of industrial relations at the corporate office in 2002. Fritz was promoted to director of industrial relations in 2005 then returned to the Austin plant as the production manager in 2010. He assumed his current role in 2011.