Lamb Weston’s Quincy plant wins company award
The Quincy plant of frozen-potato multinational Lamb Weston has been chosen as the company’s best plant in the U.S. for 2018.
This is the second time in half a decade that the Quincy plant wins the award.
The plants are judged throughout the year on several criteria, such as safety, quality, performance and reliability. The company’s senior leadership then tallies up the scores and adds its input.
“We have great people and we rely heavily on our folks,” said plant manager Mark Peterson when asked how the plant had achieved another top finish. “We try to lead by example.”
The plant’s annual objectives do not include winning plant of the year. Instead, the employees try to do the best they can. Excelling in terms of quality, performance, safety and reliability each day will make the plant a contender each year, Peterson said.
In addition to some tongue-in-cheek bragging rights, the Quincy plant employees received the visit of company president Tom Werner and received jackets emblazoned with the title of Plant of the Year.
As plant manager, Peterson said, “It was a great honor to see the hard-working employees get recognized twice since 2015.”
The plant, which specializes in making a variety of French fries as well as hash brown patties, is the largest employer in Quincy. More than 380 people call the plant their workplace, processing more than 1 million taters a day, Peterson said.
The plant is one of 16 in the U.S. The company also owns plants in the United Kingdom, Holland, China, Australia, Austria and Russia.
The Quincy plant opened in the mid-1960s. It started as one building and has grown into three, Peterson said. In addition, the Quincy plant added a new office for its human resources functions last year.
Being the largest employer in town comes with certain responsibilities, said Peterson, an employee of Lamb Weston for 20 years and the Quincy plant manager for six.
“We want to be a community partner,” said Peterson, highlighting the popular Fry Wagon, school field trips and sponsorships as ways Lamb Weston remains involved in community life.
“It’s a wonderful company to work for,” he said.
By Sebastian Moraga, email@example.com