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People, Places, and... Dupps Buys Clapper, Receives Award The Dupps Company of Germantown, Ohio, has acquired Clapper CorporaƟon of Ankeny, Iowa. Founded in 1972, Clapper built its reputaƟon as a leader in protein co-products equipment service and distribuƟon and has been an exclusive distributor for The Dupps Company for 35 years. Dupps President Frank Dupps Jr. stressed the importance of Clapper’s experience and contribuƟon to the industry. “All of us are very grateful to Ted Clapper, Cory Kracht, and the staff of Clapper for all the tremendous work they have done through the years,” he said. “We’re delighted to announce that they will conƟnue to work with Clapper and Dupps to ensure a seamless transiƟon, and we look forward to expanding on their efforts in the years to come.” In late 2016, The Healthy Ohio Business Council recognized Dupps with its Healthy Worksite Gold Award as one of 11 Ohio companies with less than 300 employees that demonstrates a commitment to employee wellness through comprehensive worksite health promoƟon and wellness programs. Applicants for the awards are judged on how well their programs facilitate and encourage employee health, enhance producƟvity, and ensure a healthy work environment. To promote beƩer health for each employee, The Dupps Company has established a comprehensive program of healthy acƟviƟes, called “Commit 2B Fit,” which includes onsite health screenings, in-house doctor care, wellness counseling, and incenƟves for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. FFA Awards Poultry Group and Staff   The U.S. Poultry and Egg AssociaƟon was recognized la late last year by the NaƟonal FFA OrganizaƟon with its Distinguished Service Citation award, which honors organizaƟons, agencies, businesses, and other groups who have made outstanding contribuƟons to FFA and agricultural educaƟon on a naƟonal level.   Barbara Jenkins, vice president of educaƟon and student programs for U.S. Poultry, was also awarded, receiving an Honorary American degree for her excepƟonal service to agriculture, agriculture educaƟon, or FFA on a naƟonal level. This is the highest honorary degree presented by the NaƟonal FFA OrganizaƟon. Do wa p Ha le Barbara Jenkins N Separators Receives Favorable Court Ruling The Johnson County Superior Court in Indiana ruled in favor of Separators Inc. in November 2016 aŌer the company filed a lawsuit in September 2015 alleging that former employees took confidenƟal and proprietary informaƟon in the course of forming a compeƟng company, Centrifuge Supplies. In the ruling, the defendants were found in contempt of court aŌer they aƩempted to conceal improperly taking Separators documents and data. As a sancƟon for the defendants’ misconduct, the court entered a default judgment in favor of Separators on claims, including computer trespass, theŌ, and breach of fiduciary duty. Separators was also awarded legal fees and expert costs under the court order. Centrifuge Supplies was ordered to submit to third party supervision and regular audits to prevent reconsƟtuƟon of Separators/confidenƟal informaƟon and data. Separators Inc. provides service, equipment, and parts for a variety of markets including dairy, food, and beverage producƟon. Smithfield Buys Clougherty Packing, Adopts GHG Goal Smithfield Foods Inc. has acquired Clougherty Packing LLC, parent company of Farmer John and Saag’s Specialty Meats brands, and PFFJ LLC farm operaƟons from Hormel Foods Corporation, adding three farms – one each in Arizona, California, and Wyoming – to its hog production division. Kenneth J. Baptist, vice president of operaƟons for Smithfield’s packaged meats division, will now lead Farmer John operaƟons, which includes both the Farmer John and Saag’s Specialty Meats brands. BapƟst has more than a decade of experience at Smithfield and more than 30 years of experience in the food industry. Based in Southern California, Clougherty Packing is an integrated producer and processor of a full line of branded pork products. Founded in 1931, Farmer John is the top bacon and sausage brand in Southern California while Saag’s Specialty Meats is a premium brand of deli meat and specialty sausage. Together with the two California-based processing facilities and three PFFJ farms, Smithfield added 2,000 employees to its workforce of 50,000. In a separate move, Smithfield Foods has set a far-reaching goal of reducing its absolute greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 25 percent by 2025. When achieved, this goal will reduce emissions by more than 4 million metric tons, equivalent to removing 900,000 cars from the road. Smithfield collaborated with Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) in seƫng its goal. This commitment impacts operaƟons across Smithfield’s supply chain, on company-owned farms, at processing faciliƟes, and throughout its transportaƟon network. The absolute GHG emissions reduction will be measured from a 2010 baseline. Efforts toward this goal already underway will be included in the final results. 34 February 2017 Render www.rendermagazine.com


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