Veterans at Smithfield

Military veterans understand the value of purposeful work, and approximately 1,400 of them play a daily role in advancing Smithfield's success. Through our Operation 4,000 initiative, we plan to increase the number of veterans in our U.S. workforce to 4,000 by the end of 2020.

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Including Veterans in the Drive Toward Workforce Diversity
As nearly 200,000 servicemen and women return to civilian life each year, Smithfield Foods has embraced attracting, hiring, and retaining veteran employees.

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Smithfield Foods Sponsors Veteran Honor Flight to Nation’s Capital
The Smithfield Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Smithfield Foods Inc., announced today a $125,000 donation to the Midwest Honor Flight organization to sponsor 83 World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War veterans for an all-expenses-paid flight to visit the nation’s capital.

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Smithfield Foods Awarded “Best for Vets” 2019 Employer Ranking
Smithfield Foods, Inc., a global food company and the world’s largest pork processor and hog producer, announced today its recognition by Military Times in the publication’s Best for Vets Employers 2019 rankings. The rankings, awarded during National Military Month, recognize companies for their efforts to recruit and support service members, veterans, and military families.

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Smithfield Foods Supports North Carolina State University Veteran Program
The Smithfield Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Smithfield Foods, Inc., announced today a $200,000 donation to North Carolina State University’s Soldier to Agriculture Program (STAP), an agricultural institute that provides in-depth career introductions and hands-on training to help veterans make the transition from military service to agricultural careers, North Carolina’s top industry.

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Smithfield Foods Hosts Members of The Global Good Fund’s Veterans Leadership Program at Company Headquarters
Smithfield Foods was pleased to host members of The Global Good Fund’s Veterans Leadership Program at the company’s corporate headquarters in Smithfield, Virginia for a three-day executive mentorship retreat. The veteran entrepreneurs spent time with executives, including Smithfield President and Chief Executive Officer Ken Sullivan, gaining valuable insights for their own businesses.

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Video: Work with a Purpose, Veterans at Smithfield Foods
Military veterans understand the value of purposeful work, and approximately 1,400 of them play a daily role in advancing Smithfield's success. Through our Operation 4,000 initiative, we plan to increase the number of veterans in our U.S. workforce to 4,000 by the end of 2020.

Diversity & Inclusion

Smithfield Foods Supports Veterans with $25,000 Contribution to Warrior Canine Connection
The Smithfield Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Smithfield Foods, Inc., is pleased to announce it has joined forces with the Warrior Canine Connection (WCC), a pioneering organization that utilizes a Mission Based Trauma Recovery therapy model to help service members and veterans reconnect with their families and communities. Smithfield’s $25,000 donation will help fund a new Puppy Enrichment Center where future service dogs begin their training at WCC’s Healing Quarters in Boyds, Maryland.

Diversity & Inclusion

Smithfield Foods Veteran Highlight: John Fineran
“Serving in the military has made me a better person, someone who is not afraid to speak his mind and take on challenges,” says John Fineran, 37, a territory manager assistant for Smithfield’s Hog Production Division in West Central Iowa. “That has certainly helped me in my work.”

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Smithfield Foods Veteran Highlight: Jurmon Baker
Jurmon Baker comes from a family with a history of military service, so joining the Army straight out of high school seemed like a logical decision for this native of Lawrenceville, Georgia.

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Smithfield Foods Veteran Highlight: Kayla Baumfalk
Kayla Baumfalk joined the Nebraska Army National Guard in 2003, just out of high school. She would spend 11 years in this reserve component of the U.S. military—one of them deployed to Iraq—before her honorable discharge in 2014.

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