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March 19, 2013

MADISON - Patrick Cudahy LLC is Wisconsin's first meat processing facility to join Wisconsin's environmental Green Tier program.

Patrick Cudahy LLC, has produced premium meats including bacon, sausage, deli and specialty meats in Cudahy, Wis. since 1888. The company, which employs 1,100 people, is celebrating its 125th Anniversary and joining Green Tier to further its environmental efforts.

"Congratulations to Patrick Cudahy for 125 prosperous years of business here in Wisconsin," said Department of Natural Resources Secretary Cathy Stepp. "We're pleased this long standing business is stepping forward as a leader in Green Tier to demonstrate that strong economic performance and environmental results can go hand in hand."

With support from top management, Patrick Cudahy uses a system approach that helps integrate environmental protection into business processes and decisions. This Environmental Management System, which also happens to be a requirement for participating in Green Tier, is a "plan-do-check-act" tool that helps a company understand its environmental impacts and set benchmarks to measure environmental improvements. It not only ensures the facility is complying with the law, but also works to continually minimize the facility's environmental footprint.

Past successes include:

"It is a requirement for my engineering team to address sustainability criteria in our projects," said Gene Bridges, VP of Engineering and Maintenance, Patrick Cudahy. "Moving forward I see many exciting green milestones that we will achieve: significant reduction in landfill waste and energy conservation are just the beginning."

With long term goals that include sending nothing to landfills, reducing energy use by 25 percent by 2020, reducing water use by 10 percent by 2016 and reducing toxic chemical usage wherever possible, Patrick Cudahy will be busy. Amongst other things, they plan to continue installing high efficiency LED lights and to evaluate the feasibility of converting remaining landfill wastes into alternative energy.

Patrick Cudahy joins Green Tier
Patrick Cudahy LLC is Wisconsin's first meat processing facility to join Wisconsin's environmental Green Tier program. Pictured from right to left: Gene Bridges, Vice President, Patrick Cudahy Mark McDermid, DNR Carter Hanson, Environmental Coordinator, Patrick Cudahy Dave Amacher, Vice President, Patrick Cudahy Gregg Breese, DNR

Patrick Cudahy received several awards from its parent company, Smithfield Foods, for efforts to reduce waste generation, energy consumption and water use. The U.S. Department of Energy also recognized the company for reducing energy usage by 15 percent in one year.

Patrick Cudahy is participating in Tier 1 of the program which is designed to encourage new goal setting and innovation. Green Tier encourages businesses and other organizations to voluntarily collaborate with DNR to move beyond compliance with regulations and to achieve superior environmental performance. To participate, an applicant must have a good environmental record, commit to exceeding environmental minimums and implement an internationally accredited Environmental Management System.

In exchange for a commitment to superior environmental performance, the DNR grants benefits to Tier 1 participants including a single point of contact with the department for easier communications and collaboration. Green Tier participation has grown throughout Wisconsin's business community in recent years as more companies have found business value through greater environmental performance.

For more information on Green Tier and Patrick Cudahy's involvement, is available on the Green Tier section of the DNR website

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Gregg Breese, DNR, 608- 608-267-0802 or Carter Hanson, Patrick Cudahy, 414-918-3226

Last Revised: Tuesday, March 19, 2013

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