Smithfield Foods Recognized for Net Zero Operational Excellence Projects
Smithfield Foods, Inc. received the 2022 Manufacturing Leadership Awards from the Manufacturing Leadership Council, a division of the National Association of Manufacturers, for projects promoting sustainability across the company’s value chain and industry .
Smithfield won the 2022 recognition in two categories:
Sustainability and circular economy for the ambitious efforts the company has underway in its Smithfield Renewables program to accelerate progress toward its net-zero emissions goals to become carbon negative across all U.S. company-owned operations and reduce greenhouse gas emissions greenhouse by 30% across its entire US value chain by 2030.
“Smithfield has always set very ambitious sustainability goals in a number of different areas,” says Kraig Westerbeek, vice president of Smithfield Renewables for Smithfield Foods. “We are extremely proud of our efforts to protect the environment through water and energy conservation and waste and carbon reduction projects designed to make our industry more sustainable.”
Operational Excellence for a team innovation effort at the Cudahy, Wisconsin plant that significantly reduced downtime and waste associated with a key bacon production line. The project set a new engineering standard at the facility and supports the company’s zero waste to landfill goals.
“Our team is extremely proud that our daily pursuit of operational excellence has had such a significant impact,” said Philip Rizzo, Cudahy Plant Superintendent, Smithfield. “We are thrilled to be recognized by NAM for efforts that may seem small to us, but have had a significant impact on our business.”
Winners will be honored at the Manufacturing Leadership Awards gala on June 29 in Florida. A full list of 2022 Manufacturing Leadership Award winners is available here.
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