Wally Taylor, a poultry complex manager for Tyson Foods, Inc., has been awarded the American Meat Institute’s (AMI) Edward C. Jones Community Service Award. The award was presented at AMI’s International Meat, Poultry & Seafood Convention & Exposition, October 24-27, 2007, in Chicago, Ill.
Taylor was recognized for his
remarkable leadership in responding to the
devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina. While
serving as complex manager over Tyson’s live
poultry production in Forest, Mississippi,
Taylor led efforts to get food, water and ice
to people in need in the aftermath of the
storm. He also helped mobilize a team of
Tyson’s employees from inside and outside of
Mississippi to cook for hungry people and
organized assistance for poultry producers,
many of whom experienced massive property
damage and bird loss.
By the time government relief vehicles
made it to Forest, they were waved on to help
others since Tyson had already been providing
assistance for several days. A few weeks later,
after Hurricane Rita, Taylor also traveled to
Texas to help with relief efforts there. Today
he is complex manager of Tyson’s Shelbyville,
Tennessee, poultry operation.
AMI President and CEO J. Patrick Boyle
said, “Under the most difficult
circumstances, his quiet leadership touched and
The award is named in honor former AMI
Board member, the late Edward C. Jones of Jones
Dairy Farm, in Ft. Atkinson, Wisc., who was a
model of community service.
Wally Taylor of Tyson Foods, Inc., Honored With American Meat Institute Edward C. Jones Community Service AwardFriday, October 26, 2007
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