Hormel Foods awards Silgan Containers its Spirit of Excellence Award for 16th consecutive year.

Woodland Hills, Calif. (June 16, 2009) — Silgan Containers was recognized by Hormel Foods with its Spirit of Excellence Award for the 16th consecutive year. Silgan is one of only two companies to have earned the honor consecutively during that period of time.  

Steve Jensen, corporate purchasing manager, Hormel Foods presented the award recently at Silgan’s Rochelle, Ill., plant. Jensen was accompanied by Mike Devine, vice president of operations, grocery products.

“Silgan Containers consistently delivers a quality product and supports it with strong equipment and technical service,” Devine said. “Its packaging leadership has earned Silgan yet another excellence award.”

Silgan supplies a wide variety of metal and plastic packaging to Hormel Foods for products including the SPAM® family of products, Dinty Moore® beef stew, Mary Kitchen® hash, Hormel® chili and Stagg® chili.

“We are honored to once again receive this award from Hormel Foods,” said Rick Brewer, senior vice president of sales and marketing, Silgan Containers. “Silgan Containers strives to offer best-in-class service through continuous improvements in all areas of the business. We believe in the power of partnership and we find great value and pride in having Hormel Foods as a supply partner for more than 80 years.”

Criteria factored into qualifying for the Spirit of Excellence Award include: meeting requirements, making timely deliveries, providing accurate administrative support and maintaining inventories. The awarding committee also looks for value-added benefits, including customer support, awareness of environmental concerns and sales representative performance. A universal measurement system has been in place since 1990 to ensure every supplier is held to the same standards.

Silgan first won the award in 1993, and has continued to earn it consecutively since then. Additionally, Silgan was the recipient in 2006 of the No. 1 Award from Hormel Foods for the third time. This is an honor that is only given every five years to suppliers meeting stringent five-point requirements.

Silgan Containers, a subsidiary of Silgan Holdings, is the largest manufacturer of metal food containers in North America, with approximately half of the U.S. unit volume in 2008 and net sales of $1.79 billion. Silgan’s partnership approach, supported by quality, service, technology, low-cost producer position, strategically-located geographic locations and extensive consumer research, is the cornerstone of its strong customer relationships.

Silgan Containers manufactures and sells steel and aluminum containers and ends that are used primarily by processors and packagers for food products, such as soup, vegetables, fruit, meat, tomato based products, coffee, seafood, adult nutritional drinks, pet food and other miscellaneous food products. For more info visit: www.silgancontainers.com.

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