On May 19, 2016, Hormel Foods Corporation, Austin, MN, presented The Dupps Company with the 2015 Spirit of Excellence Award for its role in Hormel’s continuous improvement process throughout the past year. This marks the second year in a row that Hormel has honored Dupps with this award, recognizing the company and its personnel for their work in engineering, building, installing and servicing protein recycling systems for Hormel.

To qualify for this prestigious award, Hormel evaluates vendor partners on innovation, commitment to environmental safety, workplace safety and several other performance criteria. “The Hormel Foods Spirit of Excellence Award program recognizes the suppliers that truly go above and beyond in helping us continually improve our products and services,” said Tyler L. Hulsebus, Director of Purchasing at Hormel Foods. “We’re honored to partner with these outstanding suppliers.”

The award was presented to Dupps by Hormel’s Chad Soukup, Process Engineer and Project Manager, and Joe Nemcik, Process Engineer. Mr. Soukup stated that “The Spirit of Excellence Award recipients, such as The Dupps Company, directly contribute to the 125 years of success Hormel has been able to achieve.” Mr. Soukup emphasized his point by noting that of this year’s award recipients, The Dupps Company scored the highest among those directly serving Hormel’s Engineering Department. He also remarked that the new Dupps protein recycling plant recently built in Austin, MN, was considered a company showpiece and a model of efficiency.


In accepting the award on behalf of the The Dupps Company, Frank Dupps Jr., President, declared “All of us here are proud to receive this wonderful award; it’s an important acknowledgement of the hard work and extra effort that everyone contributes here at Dupps, and a powerful incentive to perform even better in the future.”

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(Joe Nemcik, Process Engineer at Hormel Foods, presents the Hormel Spirit of Excellence Award to Frank Dupps Jr., President of The Dupps Company.)