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Hormel Foods Corporation Honors 70 Suppliers with Spirit of Excellence Award


Today, Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE: HRL) announced the 2006 Spirit of Excellence Award recipients. This award recognizes suppliers that have taken an active role in Hormel Foods’ quality improvement process over the past year. These suppliers range from a variety of service areas, including purchasing, transportation, provisions, pork producers, contractors, co-packers and local plant suppliers.

“I’m very proud to recognize these 70 suppliers. We hold our suppliers to the highest standards and this year’s award speaks to their caliber,” said James P. Snee, director of purchasing, Hormel Foods.

To qualify for the Spirit of Excellence Award, suppliers must maintain a minimum Supplier Rating Index score of 92 over a 12-month period. Criteria factored into this minimum score include: ability to meet requirements, timely deliveries, provide accurate administrative support and maintain inventories. Additional criteria that are factored, but not required, include: customer support, awareness of environmental concerns and sales representative performance.

A universal measurement system has been in-place since 1990 to ensure every supplier is held to the same standards. Scoring criteria for these awards were examined after the 2005 award and cumulative Supplier Rating Index scores changed as new standards were established across various divisions. These scoring criteria are evaluated and established by the Supplier Quality Management committee who collectively administer the award program.

All winners of the 2006 Spirit of Excellence Awards enter the running for the Hormel No. 1 Award. This award is given out every five years and will next be awarded in 2011 for 2006-2010; criteria for the Hormel No. 1 Award calls for the recipient to have received a Spirit of Excellence Award during four out of five years.

The 2006 Spirit of Excellence Award winners are:

A.J. Lysne Contracting Corporation
Alkar-Rapidpak, Inc.
Bacon Maker Farm
Byron O’Connor
Celander Farm Acct.
Commercial Services
Crown Cork & Seal Co. (USA), Inc.
Decker Truck Lines
Dickey Transport, Inc.
Dickson Industries, Incorporated
Ecolab, Inc.
Environmental Land Management
Fieldale Farms Corporation
Fox Electric
G E Leblanc, Inc
Gamer Packaging, Inc.
Gerald Baustian
Gleeson Constructors, L.L.C.
Graphic Packaging International, Inc.
Hirschbach Motor Lines, Inc.
Holiday Express Corporation
Honey Creek Farms
Hydrite Chemical Co.
Kennamer Brothers, Inc.
Kossuth Fabricators
Krohn Pork LLC
Kusom Pak Foods, LTD
Lawrence F. Handlos
Leon Vande Griend
Lou Rich, Inc.
M&M Farms

Marcel Fett

McFarland Truck Lines, Inc.


Midwest Coast Transport

Mike Hopkins (PNP)

Minnesota Corrugated Box Inc.

Moore Wallace, an RR Donnelley Company

Multisorb Technologies, Inc.


Neu Farms Inc.

Neuberger Pork

Newly Weds Foods

Neyers, Inc.

Packers Engineering and Equipment Co., Inc.

Pechiney Plastic Packaging, Inc.

Pork Martin

Precision Industries

Preston Refrigeration Co.

Rebco Pork, Inc.

Red Arrow Products Co. LLC

Silgan Containers Corporation

Smurfit-Stone Container Group

Smyth Companies, Inc.

Sohre Farms

Steve Meyer

Sunny Hillside Farms, Inc.

The Joseph Company, Inc.

Werner Electric Supply and Van Meter Industrial, Inc.


Wilbur Pig

Wolf-tec, Inc.



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