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12/31/1969
Smithfield Foods Adds 250 Jobs in North Carolina With New Distribution Center

 Smithfield Foods, Inc. is pleased to announce the grand opening of its new distribution center in Tar Heel, North Carolina, which will create approximately 250 new jobs in the state. Smithfield invested more than $100 million into the over 500,000-square foot facility, about the size of eight football fields, and its blast cell cold storage capabilities at its processing facility, which will strengthen the company’s supply chain to better serve customers globally.

“We are experiencing an exciting time of growth and this new distribution center will help us continue to optimize our footprint,” said Kenneth M. Sullivan, president and chief executive officer for Smithfield Foods. “More than 10,000 Smithfield Family members already call North Carolina home, and we’re proud that our investment in this project will create even more jobs. We look forward to welcoming new employees into our family.”

Today, Smithfield leadership attended a grand opening and ribbon cutting celebration at the Tar Heel distribution center, which has begun making shipments and will be fully operational by Jan. 2019. Commissioner Steve Troxler, North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Affairs, and state Sen. Bill Rabon joined the celebration.

“I applaud Smithfield for their continued support of North Carolina’s leading industry—agriculture,” said Commissioner Troxler. “With this new facility, Smithfield will strengthen the role North Carolina farmers play in feeding our country and the world.”

The new facility features nearly 50,000 pallet positions and has an annual capacity of more than one billion pounds. It will also optimize its transportation and distribution network to lower fuel usage, cut transportation costs, and improve delivery times. It is located adjacent to one of the company’s meat processing facilities, which is the largest pork plant in the world, and produces fresh pork products for customers in the U.S. and across the globe.

“Smithfield’s investment in this new facility is yet another example of the company’s role as an economic driver for our state,” said North Carolina Sen. Bill Rabon. “In addition to providing thousands of well-paying jobs, the company and its people regularly support charitable causes that improve the lives of fellow North Carolinians. Smithfield continues to be a great partner of the Tar Heel State.”

“This new distribution center exemplifies Smithfield’s unwavering commitment to continuously improving its operations,” said Dennis Organ, senior vice president of supply chain for Smithfield Foods. “While providing best-in-class customer service, we’re reducing the distance our products travel, which shrinks our carbon footprint and positions us to achieve our long-term sustainability goals.”

New employees at the distribution center will join more than 5,000 currently employed at the Tar Heel facility. To learn about Smithfield careers and apply for available positions, visit smithfieldfoods.com/careers.

About Smithfield Foods
Smithfield Foods is a $15 billion global food company and the world's largest pork processor and hog producer. In the United States, the company is also the leader in numerous packaged meats categories with popular brands including Smithfield®, Eckrich®, Nathan’s Famous®, Farmland®, Armour®, Farmer John®, Kretschmar®, John Morrell®, Cook’s®, Gwaltney®, Carando®, Margherita®, Curly’s®, Healthy Ones®, Morliny®, Krakus®, and Berlinki®. Smithfield Foods is committed to providing good food in a responsible way and maintains robust animal care, community involvement, employee safety, environmental, and food safety and quality programs. For more information, visit www.smithfieldfoods.com, and connect with us on FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn.


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12/31/1969
Siemens Foundation and Discovery Education Announce 2019 Possibility Grant Sweepstakes

The Siemens Foundation, one of the country’s premier organizations advancing STEM workforce development and education initiatives, and Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, today announced the launch of the 2019 Possibility Grant Sweepstakes. The $10,000 grant provides the opportunity to enhance science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education experiences and access to immersive learning for K-12 youth. This year, the Siemens Foundation and Discovery Education are collaborating with Title I schools across the nation to encourage grant application participation. Together, they are partnering with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, transform classrooms and increase academic achievement.

The $10,000 grant will be utilized by school leaders to purchase STEM-related equipment, supplies and technology, or to refurbish existing STEM labs. The collaboration between the Siemens Foundation and Discovery Education ensures that K-12 students are given access to the tools they need to succeed in the 21st-century. K-12 educators, parents and school communities are invited to support the Possibility Grant Sweepstakes by voting for their favorite school once daily, until April 27, 2019, at SiemensSTEMDay.com/sweepstakes. Participants are also encouraged to join the Siemens STEM Day conversation on social media using the hashtag #IDreamofSTEM in the months leading up to the grand prize announcement.

“Through Siemens STEM Days, we deliver hands-on learning to K-12 students to foster their interest in STEM education,” said David Etzwiler, CEO of the Siemens Foundation. “Through our partnership with Discovery Education and Possibility Grant Sweepstakes, we hope to add to the national conversation about the importance of creating pathways to success in STEM for all students to leverage throughout their lives.”

Available at no-cost, the Siemens STEM Day program emphasizes the importance of STEM through over 150 proven, fun and engaging hands-on activities. Siemens STEM Day has adapted Discovery Education’s 4Cs STEM skills framework – collaboration, communication, creativity and critical-thinking – to extend and deepen students’ interest in STEM through immersive classroom activities.

“Authentically integrating digital STEM content and resources into classrooms across the country is changing the way students learn. The ‘Possibility Grant Sweepstakes’ is designed to support equity and access for all students, as they explore the power of STEM to solve today's biggest challenges," said Lori McFarling, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, Discovery Education. “Our partnership with Siemens Foundation is rooted in a shared belief that we must invest in solution-based initiatives in order to serve the needs of today's digital learners."  

In addition to more than 150 free elementary and middle school activities, the Siemens STEM Day website now offers high school resources designed to support STEM curriculum and instruction with digital content. Interactive student activities can be filtered by grade level, category or career path, and explore topics spanning healthcare, engineering, IT, science, math, technology, energy and manufacturing. Siemens STEM Day also offers a Teacher Support Center that provides educators five-minute prep refreshers and downloadable one-sheets for best practice and how-to guides.

“‘Siemens STEM Day’ has played an integral role in building a student-centered STEM learning culture in my school and the initiative’s digitally immersive experiences have encouraged our students to think critically about seeking out solutions that can help improve our world,” said Conni Mulligan, Technology Facilitator, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, Charlotte, North Carolina. “The Possibility Grant Sweepstakes is exciting and provides educators in learning communities across the country with the inspiration they need to ‘dream big’ as they connect students with activities and experiences that help them apply science, technology, engineering and math to everyday life.”

To learn more about the 2019 Possibility Grant Sweepstakes and download the program’s free resources, visit siemensstemday.comSiemens STEM Day resources are also available through Discovery Education Streaming. For more information about Discovery Education’s digital content and professional development services, visit discoveryeducation.com. Stay connected with Discovery Education through social media on FacebookTwitterInstagram and Pinterest @DiscoveryEd.

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About the Siemens Foundation:

The Siemens Foundation has invested more than $115 million in the United States to advance workforce development and education initiatives in science, technology, engineering and math. The Siemens Foundation’s mission is inspired by the culture of innovation, research and continuous learning that is the hallmark of Siemens’ companies. Together, the programs at the Siemens Foundation are closing the opportunity gap for young people in the U.S. when it comes to STEM careers and igniting and sustaining today’s STEM workforce and tomorrow’s scientists and engineers. For further information, visit siemens-foundation.org or follow @sfoundation.

About Discovery Education:

As the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12 classrooms worldwide, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content, professional learning, and the largest professional learning community of its kind. Serving 4.5 million educators and over 50 million students, Discovery Education’s services are available in approximately half of U.S. classrooms, 50 percent of all primary schools in the UK, and more than 50 countries around the globe. Inspired by the global media company Discovery, Inc., Discovery Education partners with districts, states, and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that increase academic achievement. Explore the future of education at discoveryeducation.com.

Contacts:

Caroline CassidySiemens
caroline.cassidy@siemens.com, 770-826-7379 phone

Charmion N. Kinder, Discovery Education
charmion_kinder@discovery.com, 240-274-2173 phone


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12/31/1969
In Federal Appeal, Donziger Seeks Reversal of Chevron’s Latest Subpoena “Assault” on Indigenous Peoples

Human rights advocate Steven Donziger this week asked a federal appellate court to reverse the latest attempt by Chevron to try to attack Ecuadorian villagers who are enforcing their landmark $12 billion pollution judgment by issuing a slew of subpoenas to U.S. supporters of those who held the oil giant accountable for dumping billions of gallons of toxic waste onto their traditional lands. 

Chevron’s “subpoena assault” – authorized by controversial New York judge Lewis A. Kaplan -- violates the Constitution and the appellate court’s own prior rulings and also threatens the Free Speech rights of all citizens, said Donziger in his legal brief. “This is a critically important Free Speech issue that affects not only my own rights and those of my clients in Ecuador, but the rights of every advocate in the United States,” said Donziger. “I implore the federal court to give this appeal the serious consideration that it deserves.”

The appellate filing, made before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York, seeks to reverse an order by Kaplan allowing Chevron to seek documents from numerous individuals and banks that Donziger says is little more than an attempt by the company to harass supporters of the successful lawsuit. Chevron’s targets include six funders of the case, Donziger himself, his wife and brother-in-law, two lawyers who represented Donziger defending SLAPP-style actions brought by the company, a shareholder advocate who has openly challenged Chevron management, a private company that posts press releases, a public relations advisor who formerly was the spokesperson for New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio, and several banks.

Donziger also said that Chevron has used Kaplan’s orders to try to seize his personal computer and cell phone, all of his emails, and evidence of any communication he has he has had about the litigation with any person in the world for the last quarter-century. The company also secured from Kaplan what Donziger says is an illegal $813,000 costs order against him as part of a scheme to force him into personal bankruptcy. Donziger, who works from his kitchen table in a two-bedroom apartment, said he has refused to comply with most of Chevron’s requests pending resolution of his appeal.

Chevron’s goal, Donziger said, is to “exact revenge” for the fact he helped his clients defeat the oil giant in court and also to intimidate other lawyers and funders such that a judgment enforcement action in Canada is dropped. “Chevron is trying to win by might what it knows it is not entitled to by merit,” Donziger wrote in his brief, available here. “This assault on the First Amendment under the guise of document discovery is the latest chapter of Chevron’s long-running demonization and intimidation campaign,” he added.

The subpoenas seek extensive privileged information to drive supporters away from the affected communities, said Patricio Salazar, the lawyer for the Ecuadorians. They come at a time the Ecuadorians have made tremendous progress in Canada – the country’s Supreme Court recently issued a unanimous decision in their favor – as they seek a seizure of Chevron assets, which total an estimated $15 billion in the country. (See here for court decisions that  favor the Ecuadorians in Canada.)

Chevron has spent an estimated $2 billion on 60 law firms and 2,000 legal personnel to defend against the Ecuadorians, who live in the rainforest and suffer grievous impacts from cancer and other oil-related diseases stemming from oil pollution. Four layers of courts in Ecuador, including the country’s Constitutional Court in a ruling issued in July, found Chevron had systematically dumped billions of gallons of toxic waste into the Amazon, decimating Indigenous groups and causing an outbreak of cancer that has killed or threatens to kill thousands of people. Several community leaders of the campaign against Chevron from the affected area, including the legendary nurse Rosa Moreno, have died of cancer in recent years.

The fact its massive expenditures on law firms have not ended the case infuriates Chevron and has prompted the latest round of attacks, said Salazar.

“For Chevron, these subpoenas are about creating hassle, expense, and reputational damage to those targeted which are all the traditional hallmarks of an illegal SLAPP lawsuit designed to silence advocacy,” said Salazar. “The Chevron strategy has everything to do with the fact the Ecuadorians continue to gain strength in public opinion throughout the world despite Judge Kaplan’s attempts to shut down the case. The New York appellate court must face the reality that Chevron's lawyers and Judge Kaplan in the eyes of our country look like arrogant and imperialistic people with racist attitudes. That’s certainly how they appear to the affected communities in Ecuador.”

SLAPP – which stands for Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation – is a method whereby wealthy corporations use civil lawsuits as a weapon to silence critics rather than for a legitimate purpose. To the company, it usually does not matter whether it wins the SLAPP lawsuit as long as it exhausts its adversaries, many of whom back down rather than spend enormous sums on legal fees. A coalition of prominent civil rights and environmental groups, including the ACLU and Greenpeace, recently organized a campaign to fight the SLAPP trend, which has picked up stream with the Chevron filing in 2011 of a “racketeering” lawsuit against Donziger and 47 of his Ecuadorian clients.

Donziger said those targeted by Chevron in its latest subpoena blitz have maintained their support for the Ecuadorians other than one Boston-area business owner who racked up $170,000 in legal fees and later was forced by Chevron to sign a false affidavit. (See here for that story.) As for Chevron’s RICO case, the company’s evidence has almost completely collapsed with an admission by its star witness that company lawyers at the Gibson Dunn firm paid him $2 million and coached him for 53 days prior to testifying. The witness, Alberto Guerra, later admitted he had lied repeatedly in Kaplan’s court about a supposed bribe of the Ecuador trial judge.

“The big picture is that Chevron faces enormous risk in Canada while the factual basis for its RICO case before Judge Kaplan has collapsed,” Salazar said. “Faced with very limited options, Chevron is now rushing back to Judge Kaplan to push these scattershot subpoenas against just about anybody who has ever talked to Steven Donziger or tried to help the affected communities who have been poisoned by the company’s pollution.”

Karen Hinton, the longtime spokesperson for the Ecuadorians and also a target of a Chevron subpoena, said the company launched its latest attacks as its “environmental crimes” were being exposed in Ecuador. Hinton said she wants to be deposed by Chevron’s lawyers so she can testify under oath about the company’s misconduct and fraud. Once she made her position on the deposition clear, Chevron lawyer Andrea Neumann appeared to lose interest and postponed her deposition.

“There is no doubt Chevron committed extensive crimes in Ecuador as I’ve seen with my own eyes and has been documented by numerous independent journalists,” said Hinton. “The purpose behind the original lawsuit that held Chevron accountable was to help the Ecuadorians clean up the contamination and improve health conditions in the rainforest. Several courts found that both oil companies, Texaco and then Chevron, lied about their actions and responsibilities.

“The evidence against Texaco and Chevron has been obvious from the beginning until one New York federal judge, Lewis Kaplan, decided to try to rescue an American company from a judgment in a foreign court,” Hinton added. “Judge Kaplan refused to review the massive proof of Chevron’s contamination. His ill-advised rulings have empowered Chevron to try to smear the reputation of anyone on our team. This must stop.”

The underlying pollution judgment against Chevron has been confirmed by 17 separate appellate judges in Ecuador, where Chevron insisted the trial be held and where it accepted jurisdiction. Kaplan is the only judge to rule in Chevron’s favor, and he did so after refusing to seat a jury and excluding the voluminous scientific evidence used as a basis to find Chevron liable. For a description of the many problems with Chevron’s RICO trial and the company's fraud, see here.

Question and Answer With Steven Donziger

Steven Donziger answered a series of questions from Karen Hinton on the status of the case and the basis for his appeal.

KH: What is the basis of your appeal?

SRD: The appeal is based on our view that Judge Kaplan and Chevron are trying to silence advocates for the Ecuadorians by issuing burdensome and harassing subpoenas. We believe there is no legitimate legal basis for the subpoenas other than to silence advocacy in violation of the Constitution. This is about a greedy corporation trying to twist the law to gag its critics. That’s wrong, it’s illegal, and it threatens advocacy everywhere if Chevron gets away with it.

KH: What does Judge Kaplan have to do with it?

SRD: Rather than reject Chevron’s abuse of the discovery process, Judge Kaplan authorized Chevron to take virtually unlimited discovery of anybody associated with the case. About 20 people have received subpoenas, including my own family members, several funders, a shareholder advocate, even my wife. It’s outrageous and I’ve asked the federal appellate court to stop it on the grounds that it violates the Constitution as well as Judge Kaplan’s own prior orders.

KH: Is this part of the infamous Chevron RICO case?

SRD: It is. That case is over and Chevron’s narrative has largely fallen apart.  Almost 30 appellate judges in Ecuador and Canada have either rejected or ignored Kaplan’s findings. His claim that I bribed a judge has been disproven and clearly was the result of false testimony provided by a Chevron witness paid millions of dollars by the company. Chevron and its law firm are getting increasingly desperate, and issuing subpoenas is one thing they can do to make them feel like they are being effective after spending about $2 billion of Chevron’s funds on legal fees. People should know that Chevron and its lawyers at the Gibson Dunn firm now face a criminal referral to the US Department of Justice over witness bribery used to try to frame me and others in criminal wrongdoing.

KH: What is the overall status of the litigation?

SRD: On the one hand, it is great. The Ecuadorians are making enormous progress in Canada where they are enforcing their judgment. Indigenous groups have never held a large oil company accountable to this extent and that is an accomplishment of historic proportions. I am so proud and honored to be a part of this campaign. I believe the affected communities will soon recover the modest amount of funds awarded so they can begin a clean-up of what is clearly the worst oil-related disaster on the planet.

KH: What’s the problem, if any?

SRD: The problem is that the case is 25 years old with no recovery yet and some judges just seem scared of Chevron and its army of lawyers. Largely because of Chevron’s forum shopping and obstructionism, the affected communities have yet to begin their clean-up. In the meantime, many people are dying of cancer and other oil-related diseases while the pristine ecosystem is poisoned. That’s a tragedy.

KH: When will the enforcement action in Canada be resolved?

SRD: We hope it will be resolved when we get to trial in Canada and Chevron is forced to put up its corrupt witness Alberto Guerra for cross-examination. That’s when the company’s fake narrative will fall apart in public. So we are looking forward to that playing out in the coming months. In the meantime, Chevron CEO Michael Wirth should follow the advice of 36 of his own shareholders and engage our side in search of a reasonable settlement. That would be the ethical thing to do at this point.


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12/31/1969
First Horizon Releases Inaugural Corporate Social Responsibility Report

(GlobeNewswire) – First Horizon National Corp. (NYSE:FHN) today released its inaugural Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report, which highlights the company’s impact and outlines its commitment to its communities, employees, and customers. The report, Here for Good, which is available online here, details First Horizon’s initiatives focused on promoting social and environmental responsibility and building stronger communities.

“First Horizon has prospered because of the business, trust and loyalty we have earned from our communities,” said Bryan Jordan, chairman and CEO of First Horizon National Corp. “Supporting our communities is a business imperative from the jobs we provide to the products and services we offer customers and the community investments we make through our people and foundation. We truly believe that our organization succeeds when our communities succeed, and we will continue to strengthen our efforts to be a corporation that is Here for Good.”

In connection with publishing its inaugural CSR report, First Horizon today announced the establishment of an internal Corporate Social Responsibility Committee, which will be responsible for the organization’s CSR and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) efforts. This cross-functional committee comprises senior leaders appointed by First Horizon’s CEO and will be led by First Horizon’s chief communications officer.

Key highlights of the strategy and report include: 

  • Transparency in the management of the business. First Horizon is dedicated to operating in accordance with sound corporate governance principles. These principles form the basis of its reputation of integrity in the marketplace and are essential to the organization’s overall success. 
  • Commitment to diversity and inclusion. First Horizon recognizes the key role diversity and inclusion play in its workforce, workplace and marketplace. More than 30 percent of First Horizon’s executive management committee and 60 percent of its workforce are women. The company is also routinely recognized nationally as a top workplace for diversity, working mothers and women, and it is committed to attracting, developing and retaining the best talent. In addition, First Horizon’s supplier diversity initiative promotes business opportunities with the organization for minority, women or disabled veteran-owned business enterprises.
  • Investments in communities. First Horizon fulfills its commitment to its communities through its Foundation’s distribution of grants to nonprofit partners, contributing more than $90 million since its inception in 1993. Its Community Development Fund invests in low- to moderate-income communities, affordable housing, community revitalization and stabilization, and economic and small business development. Additionally, in April 2018, the company announced its five-year, $3.95 billion Community Benefits Agreement to increase access to financial resources to low- or moderate-income communities.
  • Commitment to environmental sustainability. First Horizon respects the environment, and is constantly seeking ways to drive sustainability and efficiencies. Nearly 1.5 million pounds of paper have been recycled through the company’s recycling program in 2018, which has helped save the equivalent of approximately 12,000 trees.
  • Cybersecurity and privacy. First Horizon is committed to protecting customers’ personal information from unauthorized access and use, and continues to remain vigilant with its measures to safeguard and secure all proprietary and confidential information.

First Horizon plans to update the CSR report in spring 2019, and will include full-year 2018 information. For more information about the report, visit http://www.firsthorizon.com/CSR.

For more information about First Horizon, visit: www.firsthorizon.com.

About First Horizon
First Horizon National Corp. (NYSE:FHN) provides financial services through its Capital Bank, First Tennessee Bank, FTB Advisors, and FTN Financial businesses. First Horizon operates approximately 300 bank locations across the southern U.S. and 28 FTN Financial offices across the entire U.S. Our banking subsidiary was founded in 1864 and has the 14th oldest national bank charter in the country. Our First Tennessee and Capital Bank brands have the largest deposit market share in Tennessee and one of the highest customer retention rates of any bank in the country. We have been ranked by American Banker as No. 5 among the Top 10 Most Reputable U.S. Banks. Our FTB Advisors wealth management group has more than 300 financial professionals and provides services to about $4.8 billion in assets under management. FTN Financial is a capital markets industry leader in fixed income sales, trading and strategies for institutional customers in the U.S. and abroad. We have been recognized as one of the nation’s best employers by American Banker magazine and the National Association for Female Executives. More information is available at www.FirstHorizon.com.
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12/31/1969
Points of Light Seeks the Most Community-Minded Companies in the United States

Today, Points of Light opens The Civic 50 survey, an annual initiative that recognizes the 50 most community-minded companies in the United States. Now in its seventh year, The Civic 50 serves to recognize stronger corporate commitment to community through engagement, volunteerism, and social impact strategies.  

Participation in The Civic 50 survey is open to companies with revenue of $1 billion or higher, that are prioritizing community-building, enhancing corporate citizenship, and delivering innovative employee volunteer programs.

“Points of Light recognizes the key role that businesses play as leaders in their communities and stewards of resources,” said Natalye Paquin, president and CEO, Points of Light. “We’re proud to continue working with leading companies in understanding how they continue to prioritize their impact on doing social good through their investments. As we see each year, the momentum is growing for more and more companies to focus on this work.”

The Civic 50 serves as a roadmap, to view trends over time, and help see changes and leaders in corporate service. Honorees from The Civic 50 in 2018 are leading in prioritizing community-building and corporate citizenship. Findings from last year’s survey show:

  • 70% have taken national leadership positions on public education or policy efforts, while employees have volunteered more than 13 million hours.

  • Employee volunteer program participation is increasing, with 100% supporting individual and group volunteer recognition.

  • 60% measure employee engagement as a business outcome.

A technical assistance webinar will be held on the survey launch day, Thursday, Dec. 13, at 12 p.m. Applications will be accepted Dec. 13, 2018, through March 15, 2019. Results will be announced at the Points of Light Conference in June. Visit Civic50.org to register for the technical assistance webinar and participate in the survey.

The Civic 50 survey is an initiative of Points of Light and is powered by True Impact, a web-based measurement tool and benchmarking network for the charitable sector.

For more information, visit Civic50.org or email civic50@pointsoflight.org.

ABOUT POINTS OF LIGHT

Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service, mobilizes millions of people to take action that is changing the world. Through affiliates in 250 cities across 37 countries and partnerships with thousands of nonprofits and corporations, Points of Light engages 5 million volunteers in 20 million hours of service each year. We bring the power of people where it’s needed most. For more information, visit www.pointsoflight.org.

ABOUT TRUE IMPACT

True Impact provides web-based tools and consulting support to help organizations measure the social, financial and environmental return on investment (ROI) of their programs and operations. For more information, visit www.TrueImpact.com.


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12/31/1969
Smithfield Foods Donates $15,000 to Help Build Outdoor Amphitheater

 Smithfield Foods, Inc. is pleased to announce a $15,000 donation to the Sullivan County Exposition Center & Fairgrounds to support the construction of an outdoor amphitheater overlooking Lake Cowgill that will be utilized for events throughout the year.

“Our goal is to provide a venue that delivers recreational, social, educational, and cultural opportunities for Sullivan County families,” said Cary Maulsby, board member, Sullivan County Exposition Center & Fairgounds. “We are grateful to Smithfield Foods for their donation in helping make this project happen.”

The Sullivan County Exposition Center & Fairgrounds, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that hosts community events throughout the year. The current facility features a rodeo performance area, a tractor pulling track, a demolition derby or mud run arena, and a livestock barn and show arena. With the help of Smithfield’s gift, the organization will add an amphitheater as well as a youth campground and permanent shower and restroom facilities. Future plans also include the development of a multipurpose 400-seat exposition center.   

“This amphitheater is going to be a tremendous asset to this community and we’re proud of the recreational and cultural impact it will have on our neighbors here in Sullivan County,” said Tim Messman, plant manager of Smithfield’s Milan, Missouri Facility. “Smithfield Foods has a strong commitment to support the communities we call home, and we are thrilled to be able to provide this gift to the Sullivan County Exposition Center & Fairgrounds to make this dream a reality.”

Smithfield’s support of the Sullivan County Exposition Center & Fairgrounds aligns with its commitment to contribute to the vitality of the communities where its employees live and work. Smithfield’s Milan, Missouri, facility was established in 1994 and employs nearly 1,200 local employees.

For more information about Smithfield’s commitment to its local communities, please visit smithfieldfoods.com/helpingcommunities.

About Smithfield Foods

Smithfield Foods is a $15 billion global food company and the world's largest pork processor and hog producer. In the United States, the company is also the leader in numerous packaged meats categories with popular brands including Smithfield®, Eckrich®, Nathan's Famous®, Farmland®, Armour®, Farmer John®, Kretschmar®, John Morrell®, Cook's®, Gwaltney®, Carando®, Margherita®, Curly's®, Healthy Ones®, Morliny®, Krakus® and Berlinki®. Smithfield Foods is committed to providing good food in a responsible way and maintains robust animal care, community involvement, employee safety, environmental and food safety and quality programs. For more information, visit www.smithfieldfoods.com, and connect with us on FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn.

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Lisa Martin
lvmartin@smithfield.com 
(757) 365-1980

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Cary Maulsby
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(660) 265-5683


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