Fifty-six facilities operated by chicken and turkey companies were honored today by the Joint Industry Safety and Health Council for outstanding safety performance  by implementing innovative and effective safety and health programs at the 2011 National Safety Conference for the Poultry Industry in Savannah, Georgia.

“Over the last 30 years, the rate of improvement in workplace safety throughout the poultry industry has outpaced manufacturing as a whole,” Paul Pressley, executive vice president of industry programs for the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association. said.  “Poultry companies have devoted more people, time, and other resources to actively identify and correct workplace hazards.  These awards acknowledge excellent safety performance achievement through effective and innovative programs.”

Award consideration was based on injury statistics over three years and an evaluation of written applications by three judges: Craig Wyvill, retired director of the Agricultural Technology Research Program at Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI); Gary Pohlmann of Marsh Risk Consulting; and Doug Britton, program manager for Agricultural Technology Research at GTRI.  Awards were presented to 56 facilities with 10 in the highest category–“Award of Distinction.”  The other categories included “Award of Honor” and “Award of Merit.”

The Joint Industry Safety and Health Council is made up 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 over 300,000 workers.

2011 Award of Distinction
Perdue Farms Inc.Dillon, South Carolina, Processing
Perdue Farms Inc.Perry, Georgia, Fresh Processing
Perdue Farms Inc.Salisbury, Maryland, Processing
Wayne Farms LLCPendergrass, Georgia, Processing
Perdue Farms Inc.Concord, North Carolina,  Further Processing
Pilgrim’s CorpRussellville, Arkansas, Premium Protein Products
Wayne Farms LLCTroy, Alabama, Hatchery
Wayne Farms LLCUnion Springs, Alabama, Processing
Pilgrim’s CorpHarrisonburg, Virginia, Feed Mill
Perdue Farms Inc.Accomac, Virginia, Processing


2011 Award of Honor
Wayne Farms LLCLaurel, Mississippi, Hatchery
Cobb-Vantress, Inc.Siloam Springs, Arkansas, Feed Mill
Perdue Farms Inc.Rockingham, North Carolina, Processing
Longenecker’s HatcheryElizabethtown, Pennsylvania
Pilgrim’s CorpBroadway, Virginia, Processing
Wayne Farms LLCDecatur, Alabama, West Further Processing
Perdue Farms Inc.Perry, Georgia, Cook Plant
Perdue Farms Inc.Dothan, Alabama, Processing
Perdue Farms Inc.Forsyth, Georgia, Hatchery
Pilgrim’s CorpMayfield, Kentucky, Hatchery
Pilgrim’s CorpStaley, North Carolina, Hatchery
Perdue Farms Inc.Cromwell, Kentucky, Processing
Perdue Farms Inc.Hurlock, Maryland, Feed Mill
Wayne Farms LLCDecatur, Alabama, Fresh Plant
Perdue Farms Inc.Salisbury, Maryland, Hatchery 2
Perdue Farms Inc.Georgetown, Delaware, Roaster Complex
Perdue Farms Inc.Cromwell, Kentucky, Hatchery
Pilgrim’s CorpStaley, North Carolina, Feed Mill
Perdue Farms Inc.Washington, Indiana,  Turkey Processing
Pilgrim’s CorpMayfield, Kentucky, Feed Mill
Wayne Farms LLCDecatur, Alabama, East Further Processing
Perdue Farms Inc.Candor, North Carolina, Feed Mill
Sanderson Farms, Inc.McComb, Mississippi, Processing
Gold’n Plump PoultryArcadia, Wisconsin, Feed Mill
Pilgrim’s CorpNatchitoches, Louisiana, A Further Processing
Pilgrim’s CorpLive Oak, Florida, Feed Mill
Pilgrim’s CorpMoorefield, West Virginia, Hatchery


2011 Award of Merit
Coleman Natural FoodsGainesville, Georgia, Processing
Sanderson Farms, Inc.Laurel, Mississippi, Processing
Wayne Farms LLCUnion Springs, Alabama, Processing
Equity Group Eufaula DivisionBakerhill, Alabama
Tyson Foods, Inc.Rogers, Arkansas, Further Processing
Tyson Foods, Inc.Dexter, Missouri, Hatchery
Koch FoodsGainesville, Georgia, Further Processing
Moroni Feed CompanyMoroni, Utah, Feed Mill
Cagle’s Inc.Collinsville, Alabama, Processing
Wayne Farms LLCAlbertville, Alabama, Hatchery
Koch FoodsCumming, Georgia, Further Processing
Perdue Farms Inc.Murfreesboro, North Carolina,  Hatchery
Equity Group Alabama DivisionRainbow City, Alabama, Processing
Tyson FoodsRiver Valley Animal Foods, Robards, Kentucky
Wayne Farms LLCLaurel, Mississippi, Feed Mill
Cobb-Vantress, Inc.Wadesboro, North Carolina, Hatchery
Pilgrim’s CorpMoorefield, West Virginia, Prepared Foods