Manufacturers & Thanksgiving, v. 5: Carve that Bird!

By November 24, 2005General

ThanksgivingWe would be remiss if we did not include NAM members who are responsible for putting food on the table.  Salisbury, Md.-based Perdue Farms and Austin, Minn.-based Hormel play an important role in making sure everyone is “festively plump.”

Perdue was founded in 1920 by Arthur W. Perdue, as a table-egg poultry farm. Today, it employs more than 20,000 people with 700 working in the Salisbury, Md., plant and annual sales of more than $2 billion.  It is the largest poultry producer in the United States.  As the company has grown, it has not forgotten its roots.  Its history spans eight decades and three generations, with grandson Jim Perdue now chairman of the company that Forbes lists in its 100 largest family-owned businesses.

Food products manufactured by Hormel are also found on many Thanksgiving dining tables.  Founded in 1891 by George A. Hormel, the son of German immigrants, one of the first products the company sold was fresh pork.  By 1917, approximately one-third of its sales volume came from exports. In 1986, it purchased Jennie-O Foods, which is the nation’s number one producer of whole-and-processed turkey products sold.  The company has continued to grow throughout the years and today has more than 15,600 employees.

Hormel is perhaps best known as the producer of SPAM Luncheon Meat, which it began selling in 1937.

And for those who enjoy SPAM, you will be pleased to know that in 2001, Hormel opened the SPAM Museum.  Located at 1937 SPAM Boulevard, Austin, Minn., admission is free, but sorry folks, it is closed on Thanksgiving.

The Manufacturers Blog wishes all a safe, enjoyable and restful Thanksgiving holiday this year.

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