JBS USA Announces New Leadership in Canada
GREELEY, Colo., Dec. 5, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- JBS USA, a leading animal
protein processor in the U.S. and Australia, manager of the XL Foods facility
in Brooks, Alta., Canada, and a wholly owned subsidiary of Brazil-based JBS
S.A., today announced William Van Solkema as president of JBS Canada,
Van Solkema, the former president of sales and operation for XL Foods, Inc.
from 2004 to 2009, most recently served as a consultant for XL Fine Foods, the
company's value-added processing business. Van Solkema enjoys vast knowledge
of the Canadian beef industry stemming from his years of service in Canada
including senior management positions at the Cargill High River plant in
Alberta and the Canada Packers plants in Winnipeg and Calgary.
"Willie brings more than 30 years of experience and direct knowledge of the
Canadian beef business to JBS Canada," stated Bill Rupp, president and COO,
JBS USA beef business unit. "I personally worked alongside Willie at the High
River plant and have complete confidence in his ability to manage our
operations at the Brooks facility in Alberta. He will prove to be an
invaluable asset as we normalize operations at Brooks for both domestic and
international markets and continue to explore our exclusive option to purchase
additional XL properties in Canada and the U.S."
In addition to his corporate experience, Van Solkema has been an active
participant in industry associations dedicated to the advancement of the
Canadian beef industry. His service includes board-of-director positions at
the Canadian Cattlemen's Association Market Development Council, the Canadian
Cattle Identification Agency, the Canada Beef Export Federation, and the
Canadian Meat Council, serving as the council's president in 2004.
In October 2012, JBS USA announced an agreement with XL Foods to manage the XL
Lakeside facility in Brooks, Alta., and an exclusive option to purchase XL
properties including the Lakeside beef packing plant; a beef packing plant in
Calgary, Alta.; a feedlot in Brooks, Alta., and the adjacent farmland acreage;
a beef packing plant in Omaha, Neb.; and a beef packing plant in Nampa, Idaho.
JBS USA continues to evaluate the opportunity to exercise the exclusive
About JBS USA
JBS USA, an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of JBS S.A., is a leading
processor of beef, pork and lamb in the U.S. and a leading processor of beef
in Australia. JBS USA processes, prepares, packages and delivers fresh,
further-processed and value-added beef and pork products for sale to customers
in more than 60 countries on five continents.JBS USA is also a majority
shareholder of Pilgrim's Pride Corporation, the second largest poultry company
in the U.S.
In the United States, Mexico and Puerto Rico, JBS USA and Pilgrim's Pride
conduct operations through eight beef processing plants, three pork processing
plants, 31 poultry processing plants, 31 poultry hatcheries, one lamb
processing plant, one hide tannery, and 11 feedlot operations run by JBS Five
Rivers Cattle Feeding. In Australia the company operates 15 beef and
small-animal processing plants, seven feedlots, one hide tannery and seven
About JBS S.A.
JBS S.A. is the global leader in meat production with 301 facilities worldwide
and more than 135,000 employees. JBS S.A. processes beef, pork, lamb and
poultry in addition to leather and other animal by-products. JBS S.A.
processes, prepares, packages and delivers fresh, further-processed and
value-added beef, pork, lamb and poultry products in more than 150 countries
on five continents.
In South America, JBS S.A. conducts its operations through 108 beef
processing, canning, distribution and other facilities, including 37
processing plants in Brazil, five processing plants in Argentina, two
processing plants in Paraguay, one processing plant in Uruguay, and 11
distribution centers and five feedlots in Brazil.
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