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March 9, 2011

AdvancePierre Foods will add 30 new positions at Enid Willow facility

ENID — AdvancePierre Foods will add 30 skilled manufacturing positions at its Willow production facility this spring.

The company currently produces Philly-style steak meat for the foodservice industry, and the expansion will accommodate the production of a retail line of Philly-style steak products.

“AdvancePierre Foods is proud to be expanding our presence in Enid by providing an additional 30 quality jobs in food manufacturing to the local work force,” said Clint Beagley, general manager of the Philly Steak Division of AdvancePierre Foods.

The news was greeted with praise here.

“We’re delighted with the addition of 30 new jobs,” said City Manager Eric Benson. “We’re proud of not only AdvancePierre’s corporate citizenship, but also their expansion. They are very good corporate citizens. There aren’t many like them.”

AdvancePierre Foods has been part of the Enid community for more than 35 years. The company employs nearly 2,000 people in Oklahoma, including more than 300 at the Willow production facility. Currently, the Willow facility produces 765,000 portions of Philly-style steak meat per day. It is expected the retail line in Enid will be fully operational by June.

The new jobs will be for machine operators and packers. The positions are full-time with benefits and will be paid at an hourly wage of $10 to $15. AdvancePierre Foods produces value-added protein and handheld convenience food products to foodservice providers, schools, convenience stores, vending machines and the military. The company makes and distributes a full line of packaged sandwiches and bakery goods, and a variety of fully cooked meats, including the Philly-style steak produced in Enid.

Headquartered in Cincinnati, AdvancePierre Foods employs 4,000 people nationwide and operates processing facilities in Ohio, Oklahoma, Iowa, North and South Carolina, as well as bakeries in North Carolina and Oklahoma.

Jon Blankenship, president of Greater Enid Chamber of Commerce, and Brent Kisling, director of Enid Regional Development Alliance, were in Washington, D.C., Wednesday and could not be reached for comment.

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