LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - A company based in the Pine Belt has been named by Forbes as one of the best employers in the nation.
Laurel-based Sanderson Farms was recognized by the magazine in its 2019 America’s Best Employers, which ranks the top 500 employers in the U.S. across 25 different industries.
Sanderson Farms is the third largest poultry producer in the U.S. and employs more than 2,000 people at its Collins and Laurel locations.
“It is because of the overwhelming support of our employees that we received this honor,” said Joe F. Sanderson Jr., CEO and chairman of the board at Sanderson Farms. “We owe the success of this company to the leaders, employees, and communities that have worked to build it over the years.”
Forbes partnered with a research company to survey 50,000 Americans working at companies with more than 1,000 employers. Forbes began the rankings in 2014, and this is the first year Sanderson Farms was recognized.
“It takes a team of committed people from diverse disciplines to bring our products to customers’ tables, and we would not be where we are today without their unwavering support,” said Lampkin Butts, Chief Operating Officer and president of Sanderson Farms. “Our employees are our greatest assets. This is reflected in our commitment to employee safety, the wages we pay, the wellness and health care programs we offer, and our 401(k) and retirement benefits.”
The company employs 15,000 people across five states and 17 cities.