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Jennie-O Turkey Store names Simes to replace Freeland, Hoover promoted

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Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

WILLMAR — Jennie-O Turkey Store announces that Ed Simes is being promoted to replace Jim Freeland as the plant manager at the Benson Avenue Plant. Simes has been with Hormel for 19 years and has been director of further processing-raw at Jennie-O Turkey Store since November 2012. He has held numerous positions in his career and has a wealth of knowledge which will serve him well in his new position.


Dwight Hoover is being promoted to replace Simes as the director, further processing-raw. Hoover has been with Jennie-O Turkey Store 26 years and has been the production manager at the Willmar Avenue Plant since February 2010. Hoover has a strong background in operations management (as a supervisor and a superintendent) as well as an in-depth knowledge of food safety and animal care practices.

Freeland has announced his intention to retire June 30 after a 35-year career with Hormel Foods and Jennie-O Turkey Store. Freeland has been plant manager at the Benson Avenue Plant since February 2012 and was director of basic processing and by-products prior to that. Freeland has also held numerous other positions.