Our employees are the foundation of our success. Employees celebrating 25 years service helped build the company and produce quality pork. We will keep this section updated with those team members' spotlights, so check back often to honor them and read their stories.
Erasmo, assistant supervisor, has worked in every sow farm
in Rolla except one in his 25+ years of service. Along with that, he
has worked with a lot of different people who have come and gone,
and he wasn’t sure why they would want to leave. Villegas trains
new employees after they meet with the farm operations trainer.
He credits Seaboard Foods for helping him purchase his home and
other assets, especially since his wife and son work for the company
Seaboard Foods and his former supervisor both changed his life forever. Soon after starting with the company, Charles was a single dad working overnights in freight and staying up all
day to care for his children. He would stay awake all day and
night sometimes getting only a few hours of sleep.
After learning about an opening on the day shift, Charles asked
his supervisor in shipping for the shift. Morris said,
“You have kids. Start at 5 a.m. next week.”
It was a simple, human moment that still makes Weeks emotional
and appreciative to have worked for a good man and company.
We appreciate your dedication to your job and family.
When Ricardo was hired to supervise the butt line in 1996,
his work was cut out for him. With ten years of experience in
meat production at IBP, he lived through two other startups and
Seaboard Foods’ plant was the smoothest startup yet.
He helped recruit 100 employees from 4 states, many of them
with experience as supervisors and trainers.
That first team was
tight-knit and worked hard to slaughter 1,000 head an hour in the
early years. Reflecting on that time with 26 years under his belt in
Guymon, his experience helped earn his “doctorate in plant
“The company has given me and my family so much. I appreciate
all the things we’ve done because of Seaboard Foods. I’ve been
promoted. Not just my success but Seaboard Foods has allowed
me to give my kids everything. All my kids have finished college.
They are doctors, lawyers and work in accounting. I will continue
to do the best I can for Seaboard Foods,” beams Ricardo. You are a legacy to the pioneer spirit of Seaboard Foods.
That’s how long Barb, lead analyst/engineer in the Shawnee Mission, Kan., office, has been working for the company, and she, “never had a reason to leave.” In 1986, she was hired as an IT operator for Seaboard Corporation. In 1996, she transferred to Seaboard Foods and grew in her career and her education. Today, she is in software development and has adapted to technological changes and new needs for the company.
“We are blessed to work for a company that adapts to changes, especially during COVID-19,” continues Barb. “Seaboard Foods is caring, both for their communities and their employees. The company has taken care of me and I have been blessed.”
We are blessed to have you, Barb. Congratulations!
Bo, sr. manager of transportation based in Shawnee Mission,
Kan., came to Seaboard Foods as a traffic coordinator in Guymon
with the encouragement of a friend.
Today, Bo works with 80-100 transportation carriers from across
the country, and he receives feedback that “nobody has come close
to how Seaboard does business.”
“Working for Seaboard Foods has been a blessing for me and my
whole family,” he said. “Seaboard Foods has a family
atmosphere, and everyone is willing to listen. I have a lot of
confidence in what we do. The quality of our product is unmatched
in my opinion.”