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July 31, 2013

Happy 40th: AdvancePierre marks a birthday milestone

ENID, Okla. — With a birthday celebration complete with cake, punch, party favors and a rendition of “Happy Birthday,” AdvancePierre Foods celebrated 40 years in Enid Wednesday.

A few dozen employees at the main corporate office downtown gathered for the party and heard from Mark Porter, new vice president for operations.

“I heard about our birthday coming up, and so (we) thought, ‘Well, we need to mark the occasion.’ So we’re going to have some cake. The plants are having cake. We’re celebrating it as an Enid family,” Porter told the crowd. “I do see 40 more years of future growth, and I’m glad to be a part of it.”

Paul Allen and David McLaughlin founded Advance Food Co. in Enid on July 31, 1973, and built their foodservice business over the next four decades. Three years ago, they merged with Pierre Foods to create AdvancePierre Foods.

“I want to personally thank our more than 1,800 associates in Enid, many of whom have been with the company for decades,” said Bill Toler, president and CEO. “Their hard work and dedication to quality is the key to our success here.”

He said the city of Enid has provided “an excellent place for us to grow.”

“We look forward to a long and bright future in this city,” he said.

The company is a national supplier of food products to the food service, school, retail, club, vending and convenience stores. AdvancePierre produces and distributes a full line of packaged sandwiches, fully cooked chicken and beef products, Philly-style steak, stuffed chicken breasts and bakery products, the company said in a press release Wednesday.

In addition to hosting the birthday celebration for its Enid associates, AdvancePierre Foods announced that in honor of its anniversary, it will make a financial donation to Loaves & Fishes of Northwest Oklahoma Food Resource Center in Enid.

“AdvancePierre Foods has been a strong supporter of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, and provided financial support last year to help us open this Food Resource Center in Enid,” said Gail Wynne, board member of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma Foundation. “We are grateful for their support, and look forward to their partnership in the years to come to ensure that children and families throughout the Enid community are provided wholesome, nutritious meals all year long.”

AdvancePierre Foods is continuing to expand its operations in Enid and many employment opportunities are available at its local facilities. Those interested can call 237-6656.

Staff writer Dale Denwalt contributed to this report.

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