This post is part of an ongoing series of manufacturer profiles. The blogs will cover some of the many names in manufacturing in the state of Nebraska. Check back later for more posts in the series. To see previous posts in the series, click here.
Dinty Moore Stew, Hormel pepperoni, chili, ham, Skippy peanut butter, deli meats: the list goes on. Each of these brands and products is part of the Hormel family, a multinational meatpacking and manufacturing company.
Though they have over forty distribution and manufacturing centers around the world, their primary base is in Fremont, Nebraska. About 1,400 Nebraskans work in the plant, making Hormel the largest employer in Fremont.
In terms of Nebraskan values, Hormel does an exceptional job of maintaining a small-business culture with the size of a massive corporation. The company’s products innovate primarily to serve the needs of Midwestern families. Convenience, health, and high quality are part of Hormel’s mission statement and are embodied in their foods.
For working moms, what’s easier than grabbing a can of Dinty Moore beef stew and pouring it over a baked potato for a quick and filling meal? For Sunday football family gatherings, Hormel Party Trays are a staple. Hormel specializes in making lives convenient and delicious in a world that often is busy and overworked.
To all of us at NeMac, the most important part of this particular ‘manufacturer profile’ is the impact that Hormel makes on the community by being a large manufacturer in Nebraska. Founder George Hormel’s main priority was minimizing waste and contributing to the community, a tradition that Hormel continues today.
The company continually fights hunger (appropriate for a food manufacturer) by donating through the Hormel Foods charitable trust. Through a recent $5,000 donation to the Low Income Ministry in Fremont, Hormel’s work to end hunger and poverty in Nebraska shows the positive impact that manufacturing can have on the community.
If you didn’t have a chance to make any of the holiday foods using Nebraskan products that we mentioned here on the blog, visit the Hormel website for recipes and ways to use Hormel products–and keep jobs and funds in the state.
And, as always, if you have any questions about Hormel as a manufacturer–or about the products they manufacture here in Nebraska–let us know in the comments or on Twitter!