LAUREL, Miss. (August 24, 2020) – Sanderson Farms, Inc. has been named one of America’s Best Employers in the state of Texas by Forbes magazine. The 2020 America’s Best-in-State Employers list ranks top employers across 25 different industries and is based on the recommendations of employees.
“We are honored to be recognized as a leading employer, not only by Forbes, but also by the hardworking men and women who make up our Sanderson Farms family,” said Joe F. Sanderson, Jr., Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board, Sanderson Farms. “The company would not be where it is today without the unwavering support of our employees, customers, and the communities in which we operate.”
To assemble the list, Forbes partnered with market research company Statista to conduct an independent and anonymous online survey of 80,000 Americans working at companies with more than 500 employees per state. Workers were asked to rate their willingness to recommend their own employers to friends and family, along with a series of additional work-related questions. Participants were also asked to evaluate other employers in their region and respective industries.
In Texas, Sanderson Farms employs over 6,500 people at processing plants, hatcheries, and feed mills in Bryan, Easterly, Lindale, Mineola, Palestine, Tyler, and Waco.
Across the Southeast, Sanderson Farms employs over 18,000 people in its operations throughout five states and 17 cities. The company provides competitive compensation, an inclusive benefits package, and valuable education resources to its employees. In fiscal year 2019, Sanderson Farms invested more than $3.67 million in employee training and development, staffing 15 specialized trainers to educate employees on a variety of topics.
“It takes a team of committed people from diverse backgrounds and skill sets to bring our products from our family farms to our customers’ tables,” said Lampkin Butts, Chief Operating Officer and President, Sanderson Farms. “Sanderson Farms’ dedicated employees are our greatest resource, and we are grateful for their invaluable contributions to the company’s success.”
Sanderson Farms, Inc., founded in 1947, is engaged in the production, processing, marketing and distribution of fresh and frozen chicken and other prepared food items. Employing more than 18,000 employees in operations spanning five states and 17 different cities, Sanderson Farms is the third largest poultry producer in the United States. As a company, Sanderson Farms is committed to adopting a fresh approach in everything that we do. Not only where products are concerned, but companywide as well. Though the company has grown in size, it still adheres to the same hometown values of honesty, integrity and innovation that were established when the Sanderson family founded the company back in 1947.