|Morningstar named region’s top employer|
|Kerry Craig | News-Telegram Assistant Editor|
Dec. 6, 2005 - Morningstar Foods Sulphur Springs facility has been recognized with the North East Texas Employer of the Year Award by the Texas Workforce Commission.
The award recognizes an employer who has created or used innovative approaches to recruiting, training, retention, upgrading worker skills, job redesign, child care, the use of technology, community involvement and collaboration.
Morningstar Foods in Sulphur Springs has experienced significant growth in its manufacturing and distribution capabilities. With the growth came the need to recruit, hire and train new employees with the skill set to fit jobs in the dairy industry. With a strong link to the local workforce center, Morningstar has been able to recruit highly qualified candidates to fill a variety of vacancies.
Because of the highly specialized process to manufacture dairy products, many of the new employees and even incumbent workers, required specialized training. The training helped employees in their present positions while providing the basis for future promotional opportunities. The experience and training provided to employees will transfer to most any food manufacturer.
Morningstar manager Joe Wallace was quick to give credit to the employees for the plant’s success and recognition and said November was a record month for the Sulphur Springs facility
�In November, we shipped two million cases � 38 million pounds of product � which is an all-time record,� Wallace said.
The employees, Wallace said, were the ones due the credit for the plant’s growth and accomplishments.
�These are the people that actually get us the recognition,� Wallace said. �Those are the people that are making it happen out there.�
In the past year, Morningstar has added seven new production lines, essentially doubling the size of the facility, and the number of employees has grown.
�This past year we have grown from 165 employees about a year ago to now 265,� he said. �That is 100 employees we have added in production as well as distribution.�