As we reﬂect on the company’s 2011
ﬁscal year, we will always remember
2011 as the year we expanded into
North Carolina. Our Kinston, North
Carolina complex opened on time and
under budget. ose assets, along with
our other assets, are absolutely the best
in the industry, and I am pleased with
the successful start-up of all phases of
our Kinston complex. e Sanderson
Lampkin Butts, President and Chief Operating Oﬃcer, with wife Susie and
Farms’ Board of Directors met in grandchildren Sadie Sutton and Case Butts.
Kinston in July, toured the complex, and
were very pleased with the Sanderson Farms’ employees and the company’s investment.
We will also remember this year as the most diﬃcult market conditions in the history of Sanderson
Farms. e last eight years have produced four of our most proﬁtable years, in terms of net income.
ey have also produced three of our worst years, by the same measure. When you measure net income
in total dollars or as a percentage of sales, 2011 is the worst year in the history of Sanderson Farms.
e conditions that caused such a diﬃcult year are completely beyond anyone’s control. We began losing
money in November when we began feeding our chickens expensive corn.
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THANKSGIVING 2011 VOLUME 27 ISSUE 5
SANDERSON FARMS NEWS
C ON TEN TS Editor
New Assignments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Corporate Translator
Promotions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Printing
Southern Images Printing, Inc.
Corporate Trainees . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7-9 Reporters
New Employees . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Collins Production
Gail Garrett Brad Clark
Performance Review / Salaried Orientation . . . . . . . . . . . .11-13 Carol Simmons
Feliz Dia de Acción de Gracias . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14-15 Hazlehurst Processing
April Taylor Angellica Benjamin
Leading with Vision: The Coach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16-17 Dayana Reanez
Robin Fenn Kizzy Williams
I Am Thankful... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18-32 McComb Production
Leading with Vision: The Team . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33-35 Danny Martin
Quarterly Trainee Meeting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36-37 Foods
Intern Presentations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38-40 Stacey Reynolds Evelyn Oder
Employee Stock Ownership Plan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 Andy Skidmore
Health Fair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42 Adel Production
Kinston Production Driver Safety Awards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43 Lily Bolanos
President’s Safety Committee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44 Kinston Processing
Memorial . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45 Randall Boehme
Retirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46-47 Vision
Sanderson Farms is special. We are a successful,
growing organization, respected in the communities
Our Company . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .48-49 in which we live and the industries of which we are
Our dedicated team of caring individuals treats all
persons with absolute respect and integrity.
Our Children . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50 People in our organization are devoted to the success
of their associates in fulfilling their chosen potential in
all aspects of life.
Child Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51 Our hallmarks are quality products, responsive-
ness to customer needs, superior achievement and
Sanderson Farms Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Visit us at our website, www.sandersonfarms.com
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Grain costs have continued to escalate with our grain costs increasing this year by $341 million
over 2010. To put that cost increase in perspective, in 2010 our operating income was a record
$200 million. If you compare the increase in grain of $341 million to our $200 million of record
operating proﬁts in 2010, grain costs alone would have wiped out our operating income even if
chicken prices had remained ﬂat. However, due to the slow economy and an oversupply of
chicken, chicken prices have actually been lower. We continue to see poor demand from our food
service customers, and since those customers use a lot of boneless breast products, low demand
has created low breast meat prices. Our product mix of big bird deboning for foodservice and
chill pack products for retail grocers, which is normally an advantage for us, is actually a
disadvantage in the market conditions we face today. We are also absorbing the start-up costs
of the Kinston complex, which is a normal part of doing business in an expansion year.
In the midst of a diﬃcult year, we have run the company the same way we did when we were
proﬁtable. ose of you who have been with the company during previous cycles know we strive
to manage our business the same no matter where we are in the industry cycles, and we focus on
those things we can control. It takes a healthy balance sheet to weather these cycles in our
industry, and the company’s balance sheet is strong. Our net debt to total capitalization ratio at
the end of our third quarter was 30.5%. We were able to construct and open Kinston with no
debt on our revolving credit-line and could not have been in any better shape to begin this cycle
or event. Current market conditions serve as a reminder that it is critical in our business that
we operate eﬃciently and remain a low-cost poultry producer.
While market conditions began to deteriorate in November of 2010, we did not want to cut
production in early 2011 since we were concerned this cycle could be prolonged, and we know a
long cut-back could aﬀect our growers and employees. So, our strategy has been to be
consistent. We approved a normal capital budget for 2011. Our emphasis has been on
operational improvements throughout the company, getting Kinston up and running, and
ﬁnding new customers for the North Carolina product and for our Foods Division.
In its most recent estimates published August 11, the USDA lowered its corn yield and
harvested acres numbers for this crop year because of July heat. While their estimates are that
the country will harvest its third largest corn crop ever, it might not be large enough to satisfy
the needs of corn users next year without price rationing. Supplies will remain tight, and
relatively high priced grain is probably a reality through at least ﬁscal 2012.
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Thanksgiving 2011 3
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Despite current market conditions, we remain conﬁdent in our industry, in our company and
in our strategy. Based on recent egg set data, it appears there will be fewer chickens in the
market this fall, but we will have to see how those cuts aﬀect chicken prices before we know
the impact on our bottom line. We will institute our normal fall cut-back for the holiday
season and will run fewer chickens in November and December. Given what we now expect
to be a higher cost environment and continuing sluggish demand into 2012, we now plan to
extend that cutback into calendar 2012.
As we begin a new year, we will stay true to our company vision and continue to plan for the
future. Every employee and grower in our company plays an important role in the success of
Sanderson Farms. We want you to be conﬁdent in the future of Sanderson Farms and
continue to help us be eﬃcient in our operations, and be better than our competition. In
addition to a strong balance sheet, the other defense to these challenging industry cycles are
solid, eﬃcient operations. We are conﬁdent in the strength of our people – our board of
directors, managers, employees, contract growers, and customers who honor their
commitment to Sanderson Farms and support our continued success. I am thankful for the
extraordinary people who are part of Sanderson Farms and I appreciate your hard work.
I am thankful for every customer we have and we appreciate your business.
For Susie and me, we are excited about the anksgiving season. Our second grandchild was
born on December 28th, which was our 36th wedding anniversary. My son Casey and his
wife, Lauren, named my grandson Casey Lampkin Butts, Jr. at blessed me in ways I
cannot describe. We will all be together for anksgiving – Christie, Trey and Sadie Sutton;
Stephanie and Tucker McNeese, and Casey, Lauren and Case Butts – and thank God for our
May God bless you and your family as we celebrate this holiday season, and as always, thank
you for your hard work, your commitment to excellence, and your support.
President and Chief Operating Oﬃcer
4 Thanksgiving 2011
Darren Bolton has been named Division Manager at Laurel
Production. During his tenure with Sanderson Farms, Darren has
served as Production Manager both at Waco Production and Kinston
Production. He was previously employed with Conagra Foods and
Tyson Foods. Darren received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology
and Master’s degree in History from Louisiana Tech University. He is
married to Courtney and enjoys golf and history.
Ebonee Johnikin has joined Sanderson Farms as Training Manager.
Ebonee is a 2009 graduate of Delta State University in Cleveland,
Mississippi where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in
Communication Studies with an English minor. Ebonee completed an
advanced degree in Interpersonal and Organizational
Communication Studies at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.
During Ebonee’s tenure at Liberty, she was employed as a Graduate
Teaching Instructor, conducted extensive research in her field of
study, and presented numerous papers and research at
communication conventions and conferences. Ebonee is also a 2005
graduate of Laurel High School in Laurel, Mississippi. As a pastime,
Ebonee enjoys spending time with her family, volunteering, traveling,
reading, meeting people, and relational development. Ebonee abides
by 1 John 4:9, “If God so loved us, we must also love one another.”
Doug McLoud has been named Division Manager at Collins
Production. Doug began his career at Sanderson Farms at
McComb Production as Production Manager in August 2010.
Before joining Sanderson Farms, he worked at Tyson Foods for 15
years and Cargill for 12 years. Doug holds a degree in Poultry
Science from the University of Arkansas. He is past president of the
University of Arkansas’ Poultry Science Alumni Association. Doug is
married to Lane and they have two children: Megan and Elizabeth. He
enjoys hunting, fishing and golf in his spare time.
Thanksgiving 2011 5
Michael Poole has been promoted to Hatchery Supervisor at Collins Production. Michael
began his career with Sanderson Farms as a night attendant in December 2010. He enjoys
church, exercising and outdoor activities. Michael says, “I appreciate the opportunity to be
part of Sanderson Farms and the new extended family I have.”
Angellica Benjamin has been promoted to Personnel Supervisor II at Hazlehurst Processing.
She began her career at Sanderson Farms in September 2009 as Processing Secretary at
Hazlehurst Processing. Angellica has a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications with a
Minor in Paralegal Studies from Mississippi University for Women. She has one daughter,
Moriah, and a special nephew, Preston. Angellica enjoys spending time with her family.
Jeffery Dixon has been promoted to Shipping Supervisor II at Hazlehurst Processing. Jeffery
has worked for Sanderson Farms for 10 years in the Shipping Department. He is married to
Amanda and they have four children: Jephraniqua, Jeffery Jr., Quentrell and Akelon. Jeffery
enjoys relaxing and listening to music in his spare time. Jeffery states that he wants to give
special thanks for his family’s support and motivation during his transition to supervisor and
wants to thank his shipping crew for their hard work at Hazlehurst Processing.
Christopher Archie was promoted to the position of Production Supervisor II, Foods Division.
Christopher started out at Foods Division on July 12, 2010 in the Trainee Program. Christopher
married Breann in June 2011 and is very thankful for the promotion and is grateful that he and
his beautiful wife are starting a new chapter in their lives.
6 Thanksgiving 2011
Beginning Trainee, Adam Clayton Swanson has Beginning Trainee, Garrett Carrington Willis,
Skinner, received his joined Sanderson Farms as a Austin, attended North Beginning Trainee, received
Bachelor of Arts in Beginning Trainee. A graduate Carolina State University his Bachelor of Science
Language and Literature at of Texas A&M University, where he received his degree in Graphic
North Carolina State he earned his Bachelor of Bachelor of Science degree Communications from
University. Adam is an Science degree in Rangeland in Agricultural Business North Carolina A&T State
accomplished musician Ecology and Management. Management. Garrett's University. He enjoys video
and enjoys traveling in his He enjoys being outdoors, organizational involvement games and traveling when
spare time. Adam says, “I hunting and fishing. has included Agriculture he is not working.
am happy to be employed Institute and Future Farmers Carrington's plans are to
at Sanderson Farms!” of America. He enjoys eventually get involved with
fishing, riding four-wheelers area kids who like to play
and being outdoors. A couple basketball. He says,
of Garrett's favorite quotes “Working with Sanderson
are: “Don't ever give up” and Farms has been a great
“You reap what you sow”. learning experience for me.”
Christina Magliochetti Beginning Trainee, Eric Kimbrell has joined Chris Shaver, Beginning
joined Sanderson Farms as a Christopher Hang, is a Sanderson Farms as an Trainee, received his
Beginning Trainee. She received graduate of North Carolina Accounting Trainee. He earned Bachelor of Science degree
her Bachelor of Science State University, where he a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Science and
degree in Poultry Science from received his Bachelor of in Political Science from Master of Education in
North Carolina State University. Science in Food Service Valdosta State University in Agricultural Education from
Christina enjoys raising and Technology. Christopher loves Georgia, a Bachelor of Science Texas A&M University. He
showing goats, volunteering as to play all kinds of sports, degree in Accounting from enjoys any Texas A&M
a firefighter and being an active likes outdoor activities and Georgia Southwestern State sports.
member in her church. She hanging out with friends. University and a Master of
has three dogs and one cat Science degree in Business
and works with an organization Administration from Georgia
that rescues Great Danes. Southern University. Eric is a
Christina says she is proud to member of the Golden Key
be a member of the Sanderson International Honor Society,
Farms team. Beta Alpha Psi Honor Society,
and he enjoys playing
basketball in his spare time.
Thanksgiving 2011 7
Beginning Trainee, Hunter Joni Fullerton has joined Ashley Everett, Beginning Keith Herring, who
Barnes, received his Sanderson Farms as a Trainee, is a graduate of graduated from Auburn
Bachelor of Science degree in Personnel Trainee. Joni Mississippi State University University in Alabama with a
Agricultural Management at graduated from Southeastern where she received a Bachelor of Science degree
North Carolina State Louisiana University where Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science, has
University. Hunter enjoys she earned her Bachelor of in Animal and Dairy Sciences joined Sanderson Farms as
hunting, fishing, target Science degree in Family and with a concentration in a Beginning Trainee. He is
shooting and bow-fishing in Consumer Sciences with a Science. Ashley enjoys married to Debbie and has
his spare time. concentration in Nutrition. participating in health and two sons: Joshua and
She enjoys playing with her church activities as well as Andrew. Keith enjoys
nephew and three nieces, spending time with her competitive barbeque and
playing soccer, cooking, and family, friends, and her pet Auburn football. His favorite
LSU football. chocolate Labrador. Her quote is, “War Eagle Hey!”
favorite quote is “The
ultimate measure of a man is
not where he stands in
moments of comfort and
convenience, but where he
stands at times of challenge
– Martin Luther King, Jr.
Kelsey Raylin Jones, Matthew Martin joins the Megan Childers is a Beginning Trainee, Satoya
Beginning Trainee, received Sanderson Farms family as a Beginning Trainee who Latta, received her
her Bachelor of Arts degree in Beginning Trainee. He received her Bachelor of Bachelor's degree in
Public Relations from the received his Bachelor of Science degree in Food Management at North
University of Southern Science degree in Agricultural Safety from Mississippi State Carolina Agricultural &
Mississippi. She enjoys singing, Business from the University University. She enjoys animals, Technical State University.
playing guitar, playing tennis of Tennessee. Matthew’s horseback riding and fishing. Satoya enjoys sports, music
and golf, and boating. Kelsey hobbies include hunting, Megan believes that family is and spending time with
likes this quote by Henry David fishing and playing golf. everything. She says, “Spend family and friends.
Thoreau, “Go confidently in as much time with family as
the direction of your dreams. possible!”
Live the life you have
8 Thanksgiving 2011
Syvillas Harris, Beginning Phillip Wright has joined Beginning Trainee, Rodney Seth Cannon, who
Trainee, received a Bachelor of Sanderson Farms as a Herring, received his received a Bachelor of
Science degree in Business Beginning Trainee. He Bachelor of Science degree Science degree in
Administration from Delta State received a Bachelor of in Sociology from Texas A&M Construction Management
University in Mississippi. He Science degree in Poultry University. Rodney says that from Georgia Southern
enjoys attending church, Science from Mississippi State the most effective leaders use University, has joined
spending time with family, University. Phillip enjoys the word “we” instead of “I” Sanderson Farms as a
reading, and exercising. His hunting and fishing. His because they understand that Beginning Trainee. Seth is
favorite quote is from I favorite quote is, “Go Dawgs!” it takes a team to be successful. married to Beth and enjoys
Corinthians 15:58 (KJV), They give credit to the team, fishing, hunting and sports.
“Therefore, my beloved thereby building trust.
brethren, be ye stedfast, Rodney enjoys fishing in his
unmoveable, always abounding spare time.
in the work of the Lord,
forasmuch as ye know that
your labour is not in vain in the
Michael Ensign, Beginning Tim Weckworth has joined Beginning Trainee, Valarie Dustin Speyrer,
Trainee, earned his Bachelor of Sanderson Farms as a Taylor, received her Bachelor Beginning Trainee, received
Business Administration degree Beginning Trainee. Tim is a of Science in Agriculture his Bachelor of Arts in
from the University of Mississippi graduate of Louisiana State Education at California State History, with a minor in
and Master of Divinity from New University, where he earned University. Valarie enjoys Business, from Texas State
Orleans Baptist Seminary. He is his Bachelor of Science horseback riding, bowling and University. Dustin is a
married to Robin and they have degree in Agricultural hanging out with family and lifelong Houston Astros fan
four children: Kayla, Silas, Holly Business. He enjoys playing friends. and is a first cousin to Josh
and Bethany. Michael is very and watching basketball with Speyrer, Egg Supervisor at
involved in his church and his friends. His favorite quote McComb Production.
family activities. is, “Geaux Tigers!”
Thanksgiving 2011 9
Betty Coleman has Hammond Processing Cedric Kidd has joined
joined Sanderson Farms as welcomes Dana Gillard Sanderson Farms as
Processing Secretary at as Quality Control Supervisor. Eviscerating Supervisor II
Hazlehurst Processing. Before joining Sanderson at Hazlehurst Processing.
Betty received her Farms she was employed Cedric has a Bachelor of
Associate’s degree in with Claxton Poultry as Science degree in
Human Resource MicroLab Supervisor and Industrial Technology and
Management from Virginia as HAACP Assistant a Master’s degree in
College in Jackson, Coordinator and Sanitation Hazardous Materials
Mississippi and her Supervisor for Allen Family Management from Jackson
Bachelor of Science degree Foods. She also attended State University. Cedric is
in Computer Science from Delaware Technical College. married to Jenear and they
Jackson State University. Dana is married to Webster have two children: a
She enjoys writing, music and enjoys music, reading daughter, Jalea, and a
and spending time with and art in her spare time. son, Cedric Jr.
family and friends. Betty’s Dana says, “The first step
rule to live by is, “Do unto to getting the things you
others as you would have want out of life is this:
them do unto you.” Decide what you want.”
Tracey Brewer is the Dwayne Showers has Jacositi Banks has Corban Burch joins
new Processing Secretary joined Sanderson Farms as joined Sanderson Farms as Hammond Processing as
at Hammond Processing. Eviscerating Supervisor II the Employee Records Specialty Supervisor I.
Before joining Sanderson at Hammond Processing. Clerk at Hazlehurst Corban attended
Farms, she was employed He is married to Renate Processing. Jacositi has an Southeastern Louisiana
at Ohmstede Industrial and they have one son, Associate’s degree in University and was
Services. Tracey enjoys Jeremy. Dwayne is a Business Administration previously employed at
spending time with her retired First Sergeant from from Copiah Lincoln ATT as an outside plant
grandchildren, gardening, the United States Army Community College. Her technician. In his spare
flower arranging, fishing, after 23½ years of service. hobbies include singing, time, Corban enjoys
boating, attending church He enjoys collecting sleeping, and spending hunting, fishing, spending
and reading. We are so baseball cards and coins, time with family and time with family, crawfish
happy to have Tracey on basketball, football and friends. boils and barbeques, and
our team!! picnics. LSU tailgating.
10 Thanksgiving 2011
Performance Review / Salaried Orientation
– David Grayson
ur Performance Review / Salaried Orientation must be attended by all salaried employees
within their first 90 days of employment.
This workshop, held each quarter in Mississippi, Texas, Georgia and North Carolina, educates employees
on the Performance Review System, Sanderson Farms Company Culture and History, the benefits of
working with Sanderson Farms and the policies of our company.
First row, seated left to right: David Tiller, Specialty Supervisor I, Kinston Processing; Tamara Parrish, Beginning
Trainee; Krystal Southard, Feed Delivery Supervisor, Kinston Production; and Diane Riley, Sales Secretary, Kinston
Second row, seated left to right: Matthew Martin, Beginning Trainee; Toni Lee, Beginning Trainee; Garrett Austin,
Beginning Trainee; Satoya Latta, Beginning Trainee; Lateshia Thomas, Beginning Trainee; Greg Cox, Live Haul
Supervisor, Kinston Production; William David Lee Jr., Breeder Supervisor, Kinston Production; and Edna Koonce,
Truck Shop Clerk, Kinston Production.
Third row, standing left to right: Shelton Brumfield, Sanitation Supervisor III, Kinston Processing; DonPaul Ivers, Debone
Supervisor I, Kinston Processing; Herman Best, Specialty Supervisor II, Kinston Processing; Richard Casselberry,
Shipping Superintendent III, Kinston Processing; Adam Skinner, Beginning Trainee; Scott Herring, Accounting Trainee;
Michelle Skinner, Processing Secretary, Kinston Processing; Lance Davis, Sanitation Supervisor, Kinston Processing; Tim
Adams, Egg Supervisor, Kinston Production; and Ben Williamson, Staff Accountant, Kinston Production.
Thanksgiving 2011 11
Performance Review / Salaried Orientation
Front row, left to right: Ashley Everett, Beginning Trainee; Betty Coleman, Processing Secretary, Hazlehurst Processing;
Jonathan Brownlee, Beginning Trainee; Jacositi Banks, Employee Records Clerk, Hazlehurst Processing; Michael Ensign,
Beginning Trainee; Edwina Crowe, Cost Accountant, McComb Processing; Cedric Kidd, Evisceration Supervisor II, Hazlehurst
Processing; and Kelsey Jones, Recruiting Coordinator, Corporate Office.
Second row, left to right: Jeffery Dixon, Shipping Supervisor II, Hazlehurst Processing; David Britt, Live Haul Supervisor,
Hazlehurst Production; Rafael Sanchez, Feed Mill Supervisor, McComb Production; Will Miller, Beginning Trainee; Heath
Donald, Egg / Chick Supervisor, Laurel Production; Tim Weckworth, Beginning Trainee; Michael Poole, Hatchery Supervisor,
Collins Production; Robbie Martin, Cut Up Supervisor II, Collins Processing; and Christopher Hatten, Beginning Trainee.
Front row, left to right: Dwayne Showers, Evisceration Supervisor, Hammond Processing; Tabitha Singleton, Beginning Trainee;
Danielle Ratliff, Beginning Trainee; Natalie Everett, Personnel Trainee; Angelia Downs, Beginning Trainee; Dana Gillard, Quality
Control Supervisor, Hammond Processing; Krystal Wallace, Secretary – Sales, Corporate Office; and Tracy Brewer, Processing
Secretary, Hammond Processing.
Second row, left to right: Phillip Wright, Beginning Trainee; Cecil Jackson, Division Manager, McComb Processing; Chris Funches,
Live Receiving Supervisor I, Collins Processing; Syvillas Harris, Beginning Trainee; Ben Cole, Beginning Trainee; Jasen Fairley,
Beginning Trainee; Corban Burch, Specialty Supervisor I, Hammond Processing; Brandon Babin, Beginning Trainee; George Flynt,
Pilot, Corporate Office; Brantley Oursler, Pilot, Corporate Office; Joshua Speyrer, Hatchery Supervisor, McComb Production; and
Cedric Evans, P.C . Specialist, Corporate Office.
12 Thanksgiving 2011
Performance Review / Salaried Orientation
First row, left to right: Lauren Locke, Customer Service Representative, Brazos Processing; Valarie Taylor, Beginning
Trainee; Maria Vargas Ramos, Processing Secretary, Waco Processing; Mandy Wellborn, Broiler Supervisor, Brazos
Production; Rita Silva, Debone Supervisor, Waco Processing; Maria Garcia, Eviscerating Supervisor, Waco Processing; and
Denise Cabrera, Beginning Trainee.
Second row, left to right: Jordan Scott, Beginning Trainee; Jose Rosales, Debone Supervisor, Brazos Processing; Miguel
Rosales, Egg Supervisor, Waco Production; Jeremy Coker, Broiler Supervisor, Waco Production; Rodney Herring, Beginning
Trainee; James Fraley, Shop Supervisor, Brazos Processing; and Emma Velasquez, Specialty Supervisor, Brazos Processing.
Third row, left to right: Harold Reichel, MDM Supervisor, Waco Processing; Cody Caldwell, Broiler Supervisor, Brazos
Production; Richard Payne, Production Manager, Waco Processing; Lawyer Foster, Ice Pack Supervisor, Brazos Processing;
Allen Robinson Jr., Chick Supervisor, Waco Production; Matthew Coulter, Accounting Trainee; and Victor Llorens III,
Debone Supervisor, Brazos Processing.
Fourth row, left to right: Lance Byrd, Beginning Trainee; Brian Johns, Broiler Supervisor, Brazos Production; Clayton
Swanson, Beginning Trainee; Dustin Speyrer, Beginning Trainee; Gustavo De La Rosa, Debone Supervisor, Waco Processing;
Andrew McElhany, Beginning Trainee; and Chris Shaver, Beginning Trainee.
Front row, left to right: Gerardo Trejo, Beginning Trainee; Kristi Welke, Beginning Trainee; Miranda Howell, Shop Clerk,
Adel Production; Kakenisa Daniels, Preprice Supervisor II, Moultrie Processing; and Jeremy Pratt, Holding Room
Supervisor II, Moultrie Processing.
Second row, left to right: Robert Jacobs, Shipping Superintendent III, Moultrie Processing; Shane Truett, Specialty
Supervisor II, Moultrie Processing; Germaine Parks, Specialty Supervisor II, Moultrie Processing; Tommy Segrest,
Advanced Trainee; Eric Kimbrell, Accounting Trainee; and Keith Herring, Beginning Trainee.
Thanksgiving 2011 13
Feliz Día de Acción de Gracias
– traducido por Vania Nelson
Al reﬂexionar sobre el año ﬁscal 2011 de la empresa, siempre recordaremos el 2011 como el año en que se
expandió a Carolina del Norte. Nuestro local de Kinston, Carolina del Norte abrió a tiempo y bajo presupuesto.
Estos activos, junto con nuestros otros activos, son absolutamente los mejores en la industria, y estoy satisfecho
con el exitoso comienzo de todas las fases de nuestro local de Kinston. La Junta Directiva de Sanderson Farms se
reunió en Kinston, en julio, visitaron el complejo, y quedaron muy contentos con los empleados de Sanderson
Farms y la inversión de la compañía.
También recordaremos este año como las condiciones de mercado más difíciles en la historia de Sanderson
Farms. Los últimos ocho años han producido cuatro de nuestros años más rentables, en términos de ingresos
netos. También han producido tres de nuestros peores años, en la misma medida. Cuando se mide el ingreso neto
en dólares totales o como porcentaje de ventas, 2011 es el peor año en la historia de Sanderson Farms. Las
condiciones que causaron un año tan difícil están totalmente fuera del control de cualquiera. Empezamos a
perder dinero en noviembre cuando empezamos a alimentar a nuestros pollos maíz caro. Los costos del grano
han seguido subiendo con nuestros costos del grano aumentando este año por $341 millones durante 2010.
Para poner ese aumento de costos en perspectiva, en 2010 nuestros ingresos por operaciones fue un récord de
$200 millones. Si se compara el aumento en el grano de $341 millones a nuestros $200 millones de ganancias
operacionales récord en 2010, los costos del grano por sí solos hubieran acabado con nuestros ingresos por
operaciones aunque los precios del pollo se hubieran mantenido sin cambios. Sin embargo, debido a la
desaceleración de la economía y un exceso de oferta de carne de pollo, los precios del pollo han sido realmente
bajos. Seguimos viendo la escasa demanda de nuestros clientes de servicios de alimentos, y dado que esos clientes
utilizan una gran cantidad de productos de pechuga, la baja demanda ha creado los bajos precios de la carne de
pechuga. Nuestra mezcla de productos de deshuesado de aves grandes para servicios de alimentos y productos
de paquete frío para supermercados al por menor, que normalmente es una ventaja para nosotros, es realmente
una situación de desventaja en las condiciones del mercado que nos enfrentamos hoy. También estamos
absorbiendo los costos del comienzo del complejo de Kinston, que es una parte normal de hacer negocios en un
año de expansión.
En medio de un año difícil, hemos dirigido la empresa de la misma manera que hicimos cuando éramos
rentables. Aquellos de ustedes que han estado en la compañía durante los ciclos anteriores saben que tratamos de
manejar nuestro negocio de la misma manera sin importar dónde nos encontramos en los ciclos de la industria, y
nos enfocamos en las cosas que podemos controlar. Se necesita un estado ﬁnanciero sano para capear estos ciclos
en nuestra industria, y el estado ﬁnanciero de la compañía es fuerte. Nuestra razón de deuda neta sobre
capitalización total al ﬁnal de nuestro tercer trimestre fue de 30.5%. Hemos podido construir y abrir Kinston
sin deuda en nuestro crédito rotativo y no podríamos haber estado en mejor forma para empezar este ciclo o
evento. Las condiciones actuales del mercado sirven como un recordatorio de que es fundamental en nuestro
negocio que operemos de manera eﬁciente y nos mantengamos un productor avícola de bajo costo.
Mientras que las condiciones del mercado comenzaron a deteriorarse en noviembre de 2010, nosotros no
quisimos reducir la producción a principios de 2011 ya que estábamos preocupados que este ciclo podía
prolongarse, y sabemos que una larga reducción podría afectar a nuestros criadores y empleados. Por lo tanto,
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Feliz Día de Acción de Gracias
nuestra estrategia ha sido la de ser consecuentes. Aprobamos un presupuesto de capital normal para 2011.
Nuestro énfasis ha sido en las mejoras operacionales en toda la empresa, poniendo Kinston en marcha y en
funcionamiento, y encontrando nuevos clientes para el producto de Carolina del Norte y para nuestra División
En sus cálculos más recientes publicados 11 de agosto, el USDA redujo su producción de maíz y el número de
acres cosechados para este año de cultivo a causa del calor en julio. Mientras que sus cálculos son que el país
cosechará su tercera cosecha de maíz más grande que nunca, tal vez no sea lo suﬁcientemente grande como para
satisfacer las necesidades de los usuarios de maíz el próximo año sin el racionamiento de precios. Los suministros
seguirán siendo difíciles, y los precios relativamente altos del grano probablemente serán la realidad durante al
menos el año ﬁscal 2012.
A pesar de las condiciones actuales del mercado, tenemos conﬁanza en nuestra industria, en nuestra empresa y
en nuestra estrategia. Según los datos recientes de la colocación de huevos, parece que habrán menos pollos en el
mercado este otoño, pero tendremos que ver cómo esas reducciones afectarán los precios del pollo antes de conocer
el impacto en nuestros resultados. Vamos a instituir nuestra reducción normal de otoño para la temporada de
Acción de Gracias y navideña y produciremos menos pollos en noviembre y diciembre. Teniendo en cuenta lo que
ahora anticipamos que será un ambiente de mayor costo y una lentitud continua en la demanda en 2012, ahora
planeamos extender esa reducción al año calendario 2012.
Al comenzar un nuevo año, nos mantendremos ﬁeles a la visión de nuestra empresa y seguiremos planiﬁcando
para el futuro. Todos los empleados y los criadores en nuestra empresa desempeñan una función importante en el
éxito de Sanderson Farms. Queremos que confíen en el futuro de Sanderson Farms y continúen ayudándonos a
ser eﬁcientes en nuestras operaciones, y a ser mejores que nuestra competencia. Además de tener un sólido estado
ﬁnanciero, la otra defensa en estos ciclos difíciles de la industria es tener operaciones sólidas y eﬁcientes.
Tenemos conﬁanza en la fortaleza de nuestra gente - nuestra junta de directores, nuestros gerentes, empleados,
productores por contrato, y clientes que honran su compromiso a Sanderson Farms y apoyan nuestro éxito
continuo. Estoy agradecido por la gente extraordinaria que forman parte de Sanderson Farms y les agradezco
su arduo trabajo. Estoy agradecido por cada cliente que tenemos y apreciamos su negocio.
Susie y yo, estamos entusiasmados con la temporada de Acción de Gracias. Nuestro segundo nieto nació el 28 de
diciembre, que fue nuestro trigésimo sexto aniversario de bodas. Mi hijo Casey y su esposa, Lauren, nombraron
mi nieto Casey Lampkin Butts, Jr. Eso me bendijo de una manera que ni les puedo describir. Estaremos todos
juntos en Acción de Gracias – Christie, Trey y Sadie Sutton, Stephanie y Tucker McNeese, y Casey, Lauren y
Case Butts – y le agradeceremos a Dios por tantas bendiciones.
Que Dios los bendiga a ustedes y su familia, al celebrar esta temporada de Acción de Gracias, y como siempre,
gracias por su arduo trabajo, su dedicación a la excelencia, y su apoyo.
Feliz Día de Acción de Gracias,
Presidente y Principal Oﬁcial de Operaciones
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Leading with Vision: The Coach
– David Grayson
eading with Vision: The Coach describes coaching as the process of helping employees
L become better. Coaching involves focus, alignment, empowerment and trust and is a
necessary skill to build a stronger and more productive organization. This Leading with
Vision session is designed to help employees develop their coaching skills in order to reach
peak performance while building a stronger team.
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Leading with Vision: The Coach
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I Am Thankful ...
Brian Collins Bobby Cooper
Master Skill Maintenance Evisceration I James Hall
Adel Production Collins Processing Feed Mill Driver
“… for food, family and “… to eat turkey.” Adel Production
friends.” “… for my job.”
Wilbur Myers 1st Shift Receiving Clerk Angela Williams
Cut-up Superintendent Foods Division Debone I
Collins Processing “… for my health, strength and Collins Processing
“… to spend time with family.” family, and to have a job “… for having family and friends to
because many are still share Thanksgiving with.”
Specialty II Greta Sutton
Haydee Gonzalez Debone I
Specialty II Hazlehurst Processing
“… for my family.”
Brazos Processing “… for family, kids, and
“… for my mom, dad and my everything in my life.”
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I Am Thankful ...
2nd Shift Quality Control Marco Gonzalez
Jose Rosales Foods Division Debone Superintendent II
Debone Supervisor II “… for my family, job, my Brazos Processing
Brazos Processing health, and most of all God “… for my wife, daughter and
“… for my nephew.” because without Him none of parents, I love them very
this would be possible.” much.”
Kia Strong Arnold Randall
Qurisha Scarlett Debone I Marination I
Thigh Debone II Kinston Processing Collins Processing
Brazos Processing “… for my three beautiful kids “... to be able to relax and
“… for my family and my job.” and family. Family is the most spend time with family, and I
important thing to me.” am thankful for life.”
Debone I Christopher Bell
Collins Processing Feed Truck Driver
Feed Mill Driver
“… to be able to spend time Adel Production
with family.” “… for having a great job in the
“… for God, to be alive, and to
have a job.” rough times that our country is
going through and for being
able to provide for my family.”
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I Am Thankful ...
Cyprian Andrews Feed Mill Driver Dwayne McCoy
Debone I Hazlehurst Production 2nd Shift Maintenance
Collins Processing “… for God, my wife and my Mechanic
“… to eat turkey.” family.” Foods Division
“... for my job, my family,
friends, loved ones and all the
many blessings that God has
bestowed upon me.”
Edward Pollard Accounting I Miranda Howell
Evisceration I Waco Processing Parts Clerk
Collins Processing “… for my family and friends.” Adel Production
“… to spend time with my “… for everything the Lord has
family.” blessed me with.”
Sherry King Lashunne Williams
Accounting Clerk Melinda Pope Debone
Hazlehurst Production Debone I Kinston Processing
“… for family, freedom and life.” Collins Processing “… for the work I put in.”
“… for another day.”
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I Am Thankful ...
Thigh Debone I Richard Gilmore Wendall Crosby
Waco Processing Debone II Cut-up I
“… for smiley faces, my kids, Hazlehurst Processing Collins Processing
family and my favorite nurses, “… to be here.” “… to eat a lot of turkey.”
Janie and Kelly!!”
John Flythe Ira Funchess Johnnie E. McLeod III, Hatchery, Collins
Feed Mill Supervisor Hatchery Production, and son, Johnnie E. McLeod IV,
Adel Production Collins Production Summer Intern
“… for God being in my life.” “… for my mother, my wife and Father: “… for God’s blessings, my family, friends,
my kids, but most of all I’m and health.”
thankful for my life here on Son: “... to be surrounded by family and friends.”
1st Shift Quality Control Carolyn Knight
Technician Division Secretary/
Foods Division Payroll Clerk
“… for my son, Cleotha. He is Mahogany Allen Hazlehurst Production
a student at Russ College and Debone I “… for my health and my
has a 3.0 grade point average. Brazos Processing one-year-old grandson, Ethan
I thank God every day for “… for God being by my side at Parker Knight.”
him. We have had our rough all times.”
days, but we always find a way
to make it.”
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I Am Thankful ...
Floyd Taylor Erica Washington
2nd Shift Maintenance Estella Sadler Debone II
Mechanic Debone II Brazos Processing
Foods Division Waco Processing “… for my family.”
“… for my Lord and Savior “… for having a nice job,
Jesus Christ for blessing me family and friends.”
with this job. I am also
thankful for my family, friends,
and church family.”
1st Shift Machine Operator
Cook Line Packout
Shirley Crowley, left, and Roshelle Ball, right “… for my family, friends and my
1st Shift Cook Line Packout, Foods Division health. I am also thankful for the
“We work together every day and as sisters, we always find a way difficult times in my life that have
to be thankful for the good times and bad times. They can made me grow stronger.”
become your blessings.”
Evisceration I Jennifer Fields Douglas Cobb
Kinston Processing 1st Shift Shipping Clerk Shipping II
“… for the Lord blessing me to Foods Division Hazlehurst Processing
be 57 years old and that my “ … for so much in my life, “… for my kids and seeing
mother is still living at 80 years including my family, friends another Thanksgiving!! Team
old. I am also thankful for the and good health.” Loud Pack!!”
opportunity to work at
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I Am Thankful ...
2nd Shift Fabrication
“… for my husband and for my son, Kimieko Williams Louis Robinson
Mark Jr., who has brought so much Debone I Debone I
joy to my life. I am also thankful for Hazlehurst Processing Hazlehurst Processing
my job and for all of my wonderful “… for the things God has “… for waking up, living, and
co-workers who help make blessed me with: my family, my working at Sanderson Farms.”
Sanderson Farm such a great job, and my loving husband.”
company to work for.”
Fredrick Young Feed Mill Supervisor Dwight Smith
Debone I Hazlehurst Production Paw Room I
Collins Processing “… to be alive and to have my Collins Processing
“… to be able to cook family in good health.” “… to spend time with family.”
Roderic “Peenut” McCreary, Specialty II Rosa Polk
Sanitation III Brazos Processing Quality Control
Waco Processing “… for my family.” Collins Processing
“… for my family and my job for “… to God to be able to spend
helping us stay afloat.” time with family.”
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I Am Thankful ...
Ronald Simpson Jeffrey Carter
Hubbard Terry Live Haul Driver
Debone II Feed Mill Unloader
Waco Processing Laurel Production
Hazlehurst Production “… for abundance to family,
“… for my family, my co- “… for grandchildren that I
workers and my bosses. friends and food. Remembering
love. I am grateful that I can family and friends who have
Happy Thanksgiving come to work at 55.”
everyone!” passed away and I am thankful
that I have received so many
Leonard Johnson Sherry Seay Leisa Maye
Debone I Accounting I Chick Room Supervisor
Moultrie Processing Waco Processing Hazlehurst Production
“… for my family and all who “… for each day that God has “… for my son and my
support me.” given me. He has blessed me husband.”
with a loving family, good
friends and awesome
Feed Mill Control Room Tech Kyle Crider Belinda Greene
Hazlehurst Production Maintenance Intern Debone
“… to have a job with a good Collins Processing Kinston Processing
company.” “ … to be with family and friends.” “… for my two beautiful
24 Thanksgiving 2011
I Am Thankful ...
Ronald Greene Emanuel Marquez
Debone II Specialty Supervisor II
1st Shift Shipping Clerk
Waco Processing Laurel Processing
“… for being at Sanderson “… for being able to spend
“ … to Sanderson Farms for
Farms and its equal time with family.” Emanuel
allowing me to transfer so I
opportunity for anyone.” said he loves Sanderson
can be with my daughter and
Latrivette Baker Jeremy Jenkins Kinston Processing
Debone 1st Shift Machine “… for my life, health and
Kinston Processing Operator strength. I am also thankful
“… for all my blessings. Cook Line Production that God has allowed
Thanks, Sanderson Farms, for Foods Division Sanderson Farms to give me
giving the community and “… for all the mistakes I have another chance out in the
me an opportunity to made in my life. They have workforce. Now I can
experience processing helped make me the man I am provide for me and my
chicken, and thanks for Mrs. today.” loved ones.”
Nancy and Mrs. Dawn, two
Damon Chamberlain Robert Gordon
Brenda Odom Sanitation III Wastewater
Hatchery Clean Up Crew Waco Processing Kinston Processing
Hazlehurst Production “… for breathing and being healthy.” “… for my beautiful new wife
“… for Jesus saving my soul.” and baby boy that soon will be
here in October and, of course,
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I Am Thankful ...
Specialty Scale Operator II David McConnell
Laurel Processing Sanitation III
“Gracias a mi senor Jesus por la
“… to be able to spend time with Waco Processing
fuerza que me da cada dia.”
my godson.” “… for my family, my job and
“… to my Jesus Christ for the
waking me up every day.”
strength that he gives me every
Genoveva Sotelo Avis King
DeLas Bush Debone I Evisceration I
Feed Delivery Driver Waco Processing Collins Processing
“… for the dripline, the H.R.
Laurel Production “... una Buena compania para “… to be with family and
staff and the nurses.”
“… for what God is.” trabajo tenomos trabajo estable.” friends.”
“…that this is a good company to
work for, we have a stable job.”
Debone Willie Hayes Henry Mullins
Kinston Processing Feed Delivery Driver Feed Mill Maintenance
“… for my God blessing me to Laurel Production McComb Production
make it every day. I am also “… for a time to give thanks and “… for my family and friends
thankful for my job at fellowship with family and and my job at Sanderson
Sanderson Farms. I really friends!!!” Farms.”
appreciate my team players in
26 Thanksgiving 2011
I Am Thankful ...
Thigh Debone Supervisor I Angela Reynolds
Waco Processing Housekeeping Victor Llorens
“… for all of the hard work my Moultrie Processing Debone Supervisor II
employees put in everyday.” “… for my life and friends and Brazos Processing
family.” “… to have a job.”
Serbando Loredo Debone I
Alex Salazar Hatchery Attendant
Live Hang Supervisor I Moultrie Processing
Waco Production “… for my life, for having
Waco Processing “… that God gives me strength
“… for my wife and family.” two beautiful children,
to come to work.” and an understanding
husband. I also thank God
to have a job.”
Chief Accountant Maria Vazquez
Hazlehurst Production Yorman Arteaga Specialty I
“… for the good health of my Debone II Moultrie Processing
family and friends. I am also Waco Processing “... porque me ha dado trabajo.”
grateful that I will be spending “… that I like my job. I work hard “... for having a job.”
holidays with siblings.” every day and all the people at this
company are friendly.”
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I Am Thankful ...
Ricky Smith Tenisha Foster
Debone I Parker Morgan
Shipping I Accounting I
Waco Processing Waco Processing
“… for being a part of Sanderson Moultrie Processing
“… for my family, my friends, “… to be able to see another
Farms and the co-workers.” day. I’m also thankful for all the
my health … and my good
looks.” blessings and opportunities
I’ve had while working at
Shonn Johnson Pilo, Shipping, and T’erra Brown
Eddie Bohannon, Jr.
Debone II Mary Pedroza, Debone I Specialty I
Live Receiving I
Moultrie Processing Waco Processing Moultrie Processing
“… for having the choice to “… for our family.” “… for life.”
“… to have a job.”
experience something new in
the chicken industry.”
Liceth Vargas Specialty Thigh Debone
Johnny Young II Ismael Jimenez Kinston Processing
Feed Mill Truck Driver Hatchery Chick Puller “… for my family, my kids, my
McComb Production Waco Production little boy and the one on the
“... que es una buen lugar para
“… for God, my family, good “… for my family.” way, and I’m thankful for my
health and for my career at job.”
“… that this is a good place to
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I Am Thankful ...
Debone II Alesha Carter, Rose Robertson, Ashley Castillo
Waco Processing Debone II, Waco Processing
“ … to have a job.” “… for all of the family and friends that have been put in our lives. Thankful
for God giving us the chance to live and experience every lesson in life.
We are grateful to be a part of a #1 company that serves our country, family
and friends. It is great to meet new people who want to share their time in
helping this to be a #1 company.”
Brandon Bolton Amy Tonthat Specialty II
Quality Control II Accounting I Waco Processing
Moultrie Processing Waco Processing “… for my family who has
“… for my family, friends, and “… for my friends and family and stuck by me through thick
that I have a job in these the love and happiness that I feel and thin. Sherlyn, Kristen,
difficult economic times. I’m every day because of them. I am Kourtney, Wendell,
also thankful for my truck, and also thankful for Paw reports Tremaine, Chad, Keke,
the gift of gab which is helpful when they are handed in on Kaminyah, Big Daddy and
sometimes.” time.” Mama, Katy, Junior, Donnie,
Mama Stokenberry, Mama
English, and my Trinity.
Love you guys!!”
Miguel Santos Jr. Brian Harvey
Hatchery Stacker Breeder Supervisor Susana Brena and Maria Lerma
Waco Production Waco Production Debone II
“… for this job and my family.” “… for my wife, Allison, and my Waco Processing
son, James.” “… to be working for Sanderson Farms.”
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I Am Thankful ...
Susan Baker Debone II
Joseph Hartzog Charles Cromwell Debone II Waco Processing
Debone I Loader Operator Waco Processing “… for having a good job and
Collins Processing Laurel Production “… for my children and my having some people help me
“… for not being overseas.” “... for food and time with wonderful loving fiancé. I am to get better at what I do. I am
family.” thankful for having a job in also thankful for the friends
today’s economy and that I that I have here at work that
have such close friendships help me stay on track and get
with my co-workers. I am also things done. I also would like
thankful for having an to thank the superintendent,
understanding supervisor, and Alfred Lozano, and my
hope to still be here in five or supervisor, Kevin Rose, for
ten years.” pushing me and encouraging
me to do things and to do a
good job working here.”
“… for the benefits Sanderson
“... to spend time with family.”
Galen, Shipping III, and Sarah Shea,
Sales I, Waco Processing
“… for our family and the co-workers who
make our jobs less stressful.”
Vernon Clayton Herbert Dyer
Pull Up Driver MDM I
Laurel Production Waco Processing
“… for good food and giving to “… that I have a job at Sanderson
others.” Farms and for the growth that I
have made both personally and
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I Am Thankful ...
Irene Deleon Jose Almanzo Mark Holliday
Debone I James Artmann Live Hang I Feed Mill Truck Driver
Waco Processing Feed Mill Maintenance Waco Processing McComb Production
“… for having this job and I McComb Production “Gracias porla opurtunida que “… to be able to work for a
love my job. I am thankful for “… for good health, good nos don un saludo para great company like Sanderson
all of my children and friends, family and for todos.” Farms and thankful for health
grandbabies.” Sanderson Farms.” “…for the opportunity that was and family.”
given to us and greetings for
Joseph Hamilton Debone II
Specialty II Waco Processing Sandra Givens and Keisha Fields
Waco Processing “… because I needed a job and Debone II
“… for being able to be a part Sanderson Farms gave me one.” Waco Processing
of a great company like “… for family and job, also the money.”
Sanderson Farms and the
great people that work here.”
Kelly Alejandro Luciana Damian
Human Resources I Specialty I
Juan Baez Feed Delivery Supervisor
Waco Processing Moultrie Processing
Live Hang I Laurel Production
“… for my kids, my job and my “... por todo el tiempo que me
Waco Processing “… for the good times with my
friends.” ha dado trabajo.”
“… for my family and health.” family and eating some good
food.” “… for having a job for all of
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I Am Thankful ...
Kimberly Greenwood Evon Tanner Specialty II Thaddeus Gibbs
Debone II Chick Truck Driver Waco Processing Debone Superintendent I
Waco Processing Hazlehurst Production “… for my family and my Moultrie Processing
“… for my family, my loving “… for ALL of my grandchildren, mom. I’m thankful to have my “… for God who has given me
boyfriend and for the good every one of them.” job here and my friends, but the ability to succeed and I’m
friends that have been a most of all I’m thankful for the also thankful for my son,
blessing in my life.” Lord up above. Amen! Also, London, and my family.”
for my fiancée.”
Louis Harris Scott Strickland Synetha Brown
Norris Ganey, Jr.
Debone II Debone Supervisor I Specialty II
Paw Room I
Waco Processing Moultrie Processing Moultrie Processing
“… for life and family.” “… for my wife and family.” “… for my kids and life; being
“… to spend time with my wife
and kids.” able to work at Sanderson
Farms; and my health.”
Terry Summers Rodrick Robertson
Monica Cooper Wastewater Debone II
Specialty II Larry Stewart
Kinston Processing Waco Processing
Moultrie Processing Hatchery Maintenance
“… for my wife, kids and “… for being able to work at
“… for living, kids, and being Hazlehurst Production
my four grandkids.” such a good company. Also,
able to work for Sanderson “… for my health, my family
being able to work for great
Farms.” and for God being God.”
supervisors and other ranked
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Leading with Vision: The Team
– David Grayson
eading with Vision: The Team focuses on achieving results through effective teamwork. The
L elements of building an effective team are: Communication, Trust, and Cooperation. Within a
team, to be an effective communicator requires good listening skills, providing precise feedback,
and delivering clear instruction. As teammates develop trust and the ability to cooperate, the team will be
successful in meeting the team’s goals.
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Leading with Vision: The Team
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Leading with Vision: The Team
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Quarterly Trainee Meeting
– Teri Myers
rinciple, Character, Focus and Execution were the primary points covered during the Quarterly
Trainee Meeting. Understanding that principles never change and that character comes from
within increases effectiveness when focused on goals and consistently executing strategy.
North Carolina Trainees
36 Thanksgiving 2011
Quarterly Trainee Meeting
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– Stephanie McNeese
his summer in our Processing Plants, Hatcheries and Feedmills, Interns learned about our business and
the poultry industry. The Summer Internship Program is completed with an Intern Presentation. College
and university faculty and Sanderson Farms mentors and supervisors of the Interns are invited to the
The Interns represented 26 colleges and universities located in six states. The states include: Georgia, Louisiana,
Mississippi, North Carolina, Texas and Virginia. The following colleges and universities represented were:
Abraham-Baldwin Agriculture College, Alcorn State University, Blinn College, Copiah-Lincoln Community
College, Delta State University, Fort Valley State University, Holmes Community College, Jackson State University,
Jones County Junior College, Louisiana State University, Mississippi State University, North Carolina A&T
University, North Carolina State University, Northwestern State University, Pearl River Community College,
Pitt Community College, Prairie View A&M University, Saint Augustine’s College, Sam Houston State University,
Southeastern Louisiana University, Southwest Community College, Stephen F. Austin University, Texas A&M
University, University of Mississippi, University of Southern Mississippi and Virginia Tech.
Georgia Interns with Mike Tamimi, Division Manager, Adel Production.
Dr. Eugene Amoah, Fort Valley State University, Dr. Ray Smith, Abraham Baldwin Agriculture College,
Professor and Head of Department of Agriculture Head of Department of Agriculture; Jamie Trammell,
Sciences; Jarvis Lambright, Moultrie Processing Intern; Moultrie Processing Intern; Meredith Webb, Adel
Bridgett Perry, Adel Production Intern; Dr. Jacques Production Intern; and Lori Felton, Abraham Baldwin
Surrency, Fort Valley State University, Assistant Agriculture College, Associate Professor / Internship
Professor of Plant and Environmental Soil Science; Coordinator.
and Mr. Charles Murphy, Fort Valley State University,
Career Specialist / Career and Alumni Services.
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North Carolina Interns
Randy Green, Field Employee Relations Manager,
Kinston Production; Randy Pettus, Director of
Production, Sanderson Farms; and Randall
Boehme, Division Manager, Kinston Production.
Nichole Lewis, Saint Augustine’s College, Dr. Willie Willis, North Carolina A&T University,
Director of Belk Professional Development Professor of Poultry Science, and Ayanna Barnes,
Center, and Kelvon Battle, Kinston Processing Kinston Processing Intern.
Mississippi / Louisiana Interns
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Nolan Stewart, Waco Production Dr. Wash Jones, Associate Professor, Prairie View
Intern, and Greg Monteith, Employment A&M University; Conlee Fry, Brazos Production Intern;
Specialist, Sam Houston State Phylicia Young, Brazos Processing Intern; Robert
University. McClennon, Brazos Production Intern; and Dr. Victor
Stanley, Associate Professor / Research Scientist,
Prairie View A&M University.
Interns from Texas A&M University with Cathryn Clement, Coordinator for International
Agriculture Programs, and Jennifer Allen, Academic Advisor.
40 Thanksgiving 2011
Employee Stock Ownership Plan
– Linda McMinn
aving for your retirement is important! That is why you should do everything possible to
S allow the money in your retirement accounts to grow undisturbed. When you obtain loans
from your 401(k) account, or hardship withdrawals from your ESOP account, you are using
money now that would otherwise be working to help fund your retirement later.
While you should do everything you can to avoid prematurely drawing on your retirement
accounts, we understand that sometimes there is simply no other means by which to meet a
pressing financial need. For those facing true financial hardships, a 401(k) loan or ESOP hardship
withdrawal can be obtained if certain conditions are met. You can consult with your FERM, or
review the applicable Summary Plan Description, for more details.
Beginning with the new plan year, November 1, 2011, an employee requesting a hardship
withdrawal from their ESOP account will be asked to certify and provide documentation as
necessary to show that the financial need cannot be met by one of the following alternatives:
• Through reimbursement or compensation by insurance or otherwise;
• By selling or otherwise liquidating your assets in a reasonable manner, but only if doing
so would not itself increase the amount of the need;
• By borrowing money from a bank or other commercial lender on terms that would be
considered commercially reasonable (including tuition loans, grants or other financial
assistance), but only if doing so would not itself increase the amount of the need; or
• By requesting a loan from the 401(k) plan if you are a participant, but only if doing so
would not itself increase the amount of the need.
Generally, no reimbursement will be made for medical expenses that have been “written off” by
the provider or insurance company or that are not otherwise owed. With respect to a home
purchase, copies of applications for loans to purchase a principal residence (including a mobile
home) and at least one denial letter from a bank or other financial institution will be required.
With respect to educational expenses, copies of applications for tuition assistance, grants, and/or
loans will be required.
Hardship withdrawals will only be made for the amount necessary to satisfy your immediate and
heavy financial need or the total amount of your vested account balance. Again, please consult
your FERM if you have any questions. Thank you.
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– Linda McMinn
he 2011 Wellness Screenings and Health Fair were held at the
Corporate Office on June 24. After two years of screenings, we
hope that participants feel more informed about their personal
health, and are seeing improvements in both their screening results
and overall wellness.
The Wellness Program limits were modified this year for blood
pressure, blood glucose and cholesterol. The new limits move
toward the Normal Range recommended for those tests. The
Screening Test Results and Health Assessment Scoring Form also
included last years’ results, for comparison purposes.
Please plan to use your Plan A and B Healthy You! benefit each year as
a method of early detection of potential health problems. The Healthy You! benefit provides payment at
100%, and offers a range of benefits based on age and gender. For a list of the Healthy You! screenings
appropriate for you or your dependents, please refer to your HealthyYou! Booklet or contact the Benefits
Department at 1-800-844-4030.
Thank you for participating in the 2011 Wellness Screenings and Health Fair at
the Corporate Office. We want you healthy!!!
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Driver Safety Awards
– Randy Green
Kinston Production Feed Mill and Hatchery drivers received their quarterly safety
awards (1st and 2nd quarter) in July. Our Hatchery and Feed Mill drivers have
driven an excess of 207,000 accident free miles during our start up.
Feed Mill Drivers, left to right standing: Sylvester Whitfield, Michael Dickson, Don Morgan,
Ronnie Foreman, J.T. Laws, Curtis Dove, Brian Brinson and Shelby Fagan. Front,
seated/kneeling: Danny Robinson, Terrance Matthews, Scott Mitchell and Otis Bass.
Hatchery Drivers, left to right: Michael Olds, Egg Driver;
Mack Sutton, Chick Driver; and Dennis Crockett, Egg
Driver. Not pictured: Scott Satterfield, Chick Driver.
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President’s Safety Committee
– Scott Rushing
anderson Farms recognizes that its employees are its greatest asset. In an effort
S to implement new and innovative ways to eliminate workplace accidents, the
“President’s Safety Committee” was formed in the spring of 2011. The purpose of
this committee is to assist Senior Management with creating the safest workplace
possible for all Sanderson Farms employees.
While there are many different facets to the Presidents Safety Committee, what follows
are a few of the highlights:
1. A group of the Company’s top executives, including Lampkin Butts (President
and COO), Doug Lee (Director of Processing), Randy Pettus (Director of
Production), and the Division Manager for each Processing and Production
Division, meet each quarter to evaluate and discuss each facility’s safety record.
2. Sanderson Farms is in the process of implementing its Behavioral Based Safety
Program (BBSP). BBSP centers on supervisors, superintendents, and managers
identifying and implementing immediate corrective actions when unsafe acts
and conditions are discovered in the work area.
3. At the end of each fiscal year, Sanderson Farms will recognize the top
performing Processing and Production Divisions with the fewest injuries and
lowest costs with the “President’s Safety Award”. Lunch will be provided to all
employees at the top performing Processing and Production Divisions, in
recognition of the superior achievements in Safety.
One of the many ways you can help Sanderson Farms achieve excellent Safety
Performance is by volunteering to participate on your facility’s Safety Committee.
Facility Safety Committees assist Division Management with maintaining and
publicizing the Sanderson Farms Safety Program. Another way you can help is by
being aware of your surroundings and bringing issues to your supervisor to be
corrected before an accident occurs. Each of us has the responsibility to maintain a
safe and healthy work environment so that no accidents occur.
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To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose
under the heaven; a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to pluck up that which is planted.
With sad hearts, the Sanderson Farms family bids farewell to
long-term employee, Kenny Brown, Processing Shift Manager at
Collins Processing. Kenny joined Sanderson Farms in June 1984 in
the Pre-price Department. During his 27-year tenure at Collins Processing,
he held the following positions: Forklift Driver, Quality Control Technician, Cut-up
Supervisor, Overwrap Supervisor, Cut-up Superintendent, Packing Manager and
Processing Shift Manager.
Mr. Kenneth Earl Brown was born on September 19, 1955 to the late Delmon Ted Brown
and Louise Mikell Brown. He was the fifth of nine siblings. On August 15, 1985, Kenneth
was united in holy matrimony with Ms. Brenda McLeod and was blessed with two
daughters. On September 9, 2011, he was called home to join his father, mother and sister.
Kenneth united with Galilee MB Church at an early age, where he remained a member
until his death. He was a 1974 Prentiss High School Graduate. He later was employed by
Sanderson Farms for 27 years. He touched the lives of countless people. He was a
devoted husband, loving father and faithful friend. He will be favorably missed by many.
He leaves to cherish his memories: Loving and Devoted Wife Brenda, One Son:
Kenneth Hubbard of Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Two Daughters: Calicia and Kami Brown of
Prentiss, Mississippi. Two granddaughters: Christianna and Kennidia Hubbard of Texas.
Two Sisters: Sarah Gholar of Hattiesburg, Mississippi and Betty Joseph of Rochester, New
York. Five Brothers: Sandy, Anthony and Teddy (Kelley) Brown all of Prentiss, Mississippi;
Roy (Glenda) Brown of Collins, Mississippi and Donald (Shiloh) of Happy Valley,
Pennsylvania. One Aunt: Mrs. Mary Jane Harry of Prentiss, Mississippi, a host of nieces,
nephews, cousins and friends. Four special childhood friends: Willie James Myers, Melvin
Buckley, Willie (Boot) Wilkes and Rev. Jessie James Holloway.
Kenneth was preceded in death by his father, Delmon Ted Brown, his mother, Louis
Mikell Brown and his sister, Annie Laura Brown Weathersby.
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On July 8, 2011, Hazlehurst Processing was honored to
celebrate the retirement of Billie Bouie after 31 years of
service to Sanderson Farms. Billie began her career with the
company on June 18, 1980. She has worked in the Debone
Department at Hazlehurst Processing.
She was joined by her family, co-workers and friends at her
retirement celebration. Larry Lampkin, Division Manager,
gave words of appreciation to Billie. Her dedication and hard
work will be missed as we wish her a happy retirement.
Larry Lampkin, Division Manager, and Billie
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Gwendolyn has worked for Sanderson Farms in
McComb since 1995 in the Evisceration
Gwendolyn has been a valued member of our team
and we wish her the very best. Gwendolyn enjoys
cooking and gardening. She plans to spend time
with family and friends.
Congratulations on your retirement!
Randall King, Processing Manager I, and Gwendolyn
Guy, McComb Processing.
Brazos Production would like to congratulate Shirley
Ringgold on her retirement. Shirley served in the
Accounting Department beginning in June of 2003.
We are very appreciative for all that she has
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Manager and Supervisor Hired
on Same Day
– Ken Holmes
ugust 5, 2011 marked the 20th anniversary of Steve Hefner and
Alvin Steen’s employment with Sanderson Farms. Their
co-workers at Hazlehurst Production held a surprise lunch to
honor their dedication to Sanderson Farms.
Steve Hefner started at Sanderson Farms as Feed Mill Supervisor in
Hazlehurst but has also worked at the McComb Production facility as Steve Hefner, Feed Mill Manager, and Alvin
Feed Mill Supervisor. Steve has served as Feed Mill Manager at Steen, Feed Mill Supervisor
Hazlehurst Production since May 2002. During college and high school
summers, Steve worked at Hazlehurst Processing.
Alvin Steen is currently the Feed Mill Supervisor. Alvin has been the
Feed Mill Supervisor since May 1997. Prior to this job he had been the
Control Room Tech in the Feed Mill, Hatchery Attendant, and Feed Mill
We look forward to many more years of dedicated service from Steve
and Alvin. Thanks guys, for 20 great years.
Congratulations on your Wedding!
Kevin, Debone Supervisor II, and Terri Rose, Quality
Control Tech II, Waco Processing, were married on
June 24, 2011. Congratulations!
48 Thanksgiving 2011
A Lesson on Honesty
– Mattie Conner
lease give a STANDING “O” for Laurel Processing Debone employee,
Beola McDonald, for her act of honesty and kindness. Beola states
that being honest is not hard to do when you’ve been taught by your
parents all of your life that “HONESTY IS THE BEST POLICY”. She stated that
she teaches her three children, Jasmine, Justice and Justin, this same lesson
and hopes that they, too, will learn the value in its meaning.
However, as Beola states, there are also times when the road gets a little
rough in life where we come face to face with challenges and need to make
quick decisions on how to handle a situation. Just like the one she was
confronted with as she was walking to her work station on April 1, 2011,
which we refer to as “April Fools’ Day”. Beola stated that she noticed a white
envelope lying on the floor. To her surprise, when she picked up the envelope, Beola McDonald
inside was cash, $180.00 to be exact. Beola stated that she looked around to see
if someone would say “April Fool”, and when that didn’t happen she was faced with making an honest
decision. She knew the money was not hers or was it she thought to herself. This could be my lucky day or a
blessing sent just for me, jokingly she says “especially since my light bill was due” and that was more than
enough to pay it and have a little left over.
Well, after waiting a short time for someone to claim the envelope, Beola decided to take the envelope to the
personnel office to see if anyone had reported it missing. For a slight moment of joy, no one had reported the
envelope missing and this brought a wave of hope that perhaps the envelope was meant for her after all.
Then the lesson on honesty kicked in and Beola decided that she would not worry about the envelope any
longer, that the lesson she was taught was to always be honest and since the money was not hers she would
leave it for the rightful owner to claim and hopefully someone would eventually realize that they had lost it.
Later that day, co-worker Elizabeth Brown realized that she had lost the envelope and came to the front office
to see if anyone had turned it in. Elizabeth confirmed that the envelope had the $180.00 in it and was grateful
that someone had been honest enough to bring it to the office. Elizabeth stated that the money had been
given to her by other employees who participate in a birthday club. The money was ready to be given to
Raccine Howard for a trip she had planned for the weekend.
After being told who brought the money to the office, both Elizabeth and Raccine personally thanked Beola
for turning the money in to the front office.
Beola has worked for Sanderson Farms since April 12, 2006. She is a good friend, a good employee and as
we can all attest to, an honest person. All Cheers and Hats off to you Beola for a lesson most of us may face
some day and hopefully we too will make the same decision as you, for it is true, “HONESTY IS THE BEST
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Avery Jayne Dolezal was born Walt Riske, Staff Accountant,
on April 2, 2011 to Larry, Brazos Processing, and wife,
Debone Superintendent I, Waco Mandy are thankful for their two
Processing, and Courtney boys, Tyler and Tanner. They are
Dolezal, Staff Accountant, also thankful they aren’t fighting
Waco Processing. She weighed yet!
7 lbs. and 6 ozs. Lindsey and Heath Parker,
Broiler Manager, Waco
Production, welcomed a new
son, Zane, to their family on
April 12, 2011.
Michael White, Collins Production
Hatchery Superintendent, is very
thankful for his family. He and his wife
are extremely proud of their son,
Jon-Michael. Jon-Michael has had a
busy summer of playing golf, following
his dream of one day playing on the
professional tour. Jon-Michael played
in the MS/LA Junior Championship,
finishing in 4th place, and in the MS
Optimist Qualifier, finishing in 8th Benita Bell Jenkins, daughter of
place. The highlight of the summer was James and Bettye Jenkins,
when he was invited to play in the McComb Production Broiler
Growers, recently graduated Taylor Smith is the granddaughter
Viking Classic Jr Pro Am at Annandale of Mary Simmons, Accounting Sales
Golf Club where the top 12 Junior from Southern University Law
Clerk, Hammond Processing. MaMa
MJGA players were invited to play. Center in Baton Rouge,
would like to congratulate Taylor
Jon-Michael is a senior at Laurel High Louisiana. Benita’s goal is to
on her second dance recital and
School with a 3.6 GPA and plans on practice law in Alabama,
her fourth birthday.
playing golf in college and getting his Mississippi and Georgia.
degree in Professional Golf
50 Thanksgiving 2011
The Child Care Center presented our first Summer Musical, “Celebrating America in
Concert”. The children were delighted to have guest singers, dancers, musicians and
speakers for both shifts. The children all participated by dressing in costumes and
“Diego”, Alberto Melgar, son of Maria “Bob the Builder”, Ricardo Galvan, son
“Big Bird”, Zakirah Luvine, daughter of
Depaz, Debone, Collins Processing; of Marta Galvan, Head Start Assistant;
Maurio Luvine, Debone, Collins Processing;
“Dora”, Anya Jones, daughter of Sandra “Kermit the Frog”, Jayden Ducksworth,
“Little Bill”, Orion Applewhite, son of Sophia
Jones, Front Line, Collins Processing; son of Tiffany Ducksworth, Debone,
Applewhite, Debone, Collins Processing; and
and “Pooh”, David Melgar, son of Maria Collins Processing; and “Tigger”,
“SpongeBob”, Lazayveion Lowe, son of Kim
Depaz, Debone, Collins Processing. Jeramie Weathersby, son of Osha Keys,
Lockhart, Debone, Collins Processing.
Debone, Collins Processing.
“Princess Tatiana”, Tamaya Chatman,
daughter of Releshia Chatman, Mrs. Dana and Mrs. Marivic’s Second
Marination, Collins Processing; and Second Shift Pre-schoolers and Mrs. Tammy Shift Toddlers were the “Three Amigos”.
“Elmo”, Thomas Hartwell, son of Lillie Ford performed “Hand Jive and ABC Rock”.
Hartwell, Toddler II Teacher.
Mrs. Sheila Easter, Substitute, and
Mrs. Karen Owens, Mrs. Cheryl Sullivan,
those “Shake the Foundation” school-
Mrs. Kim Pope and Mrs. Tammie Gamble
and their pre-schoolers sang “We Are Toddler II’s performed as “Cool and the
Family” and played their instruments. Gang”.
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Sanderson Farms, Inc. PRESORTED
P.O. Box 988 STANDARD
Laurel, MS 39441 U.S. POSTAGE PAID
PERMIT NO. 1390
Prayer of Thanksgiving
O God, we thank you for this earth, our home;
For the wide sky and the blessed sun,
For the salt sea and the running water,
For the everlasting hills
And the never-resting winds,
For trees and the common grass underfoot.
We thank you for our senses
By which we hear the songs of birds,
And see the splendor of the summer fields,
And taste of the autumn fruits,
And rejoice in the feel of the snow,
And smell the breath of the spring.
Grant us a heart wide open to all this beauty;
And save our souls from being so blind
That we pass unseeing
When even the common thornbush
Is aflame with your glory,
O God our creator,
Who lives and reigns for ever and ever.
Walter Rauschenbusch (1861-1918)