Pilgrim’s to Invest $315,000 in Enterprise to Support Local Community as Part of Hometown Strong Initiative
Building on its ongoing sustainability and social responsibility efforts, Pilgrim’s today announced plans to invest $315,000 in Enterprise, Ala., to support the community’s future and help respond to needs resulting from the coronavirus pandemic.
Pilgrim’s has been working with local leaders to identify where the funds can best help meet immediate and longer-term community needs in three key areas: food insecurity, community infrastructure and well-being, and COVID-19 emergency response and relief efforts. Projects will be determined by the end of the year.
“We are proud to live and work in Enterprise and are thankful for the opportunity to help our neighbors,” said David Massey, Pilgrim’s Enterprise complex manager. “Through Hometown Strong, we can demonstrate our commitment to partnering with our community and building a better future.”
“We are delighted and grateful for the initiative of Pilgrim’s to make such a substantial investment in our community,” said Enterprise Mayor William B. Cooper. “Pilgrim’s has been a valued member of our corporate community for a number of years. We are extremely appreciative of their quality-of-life contributions through employment for our citizens, capital improvements, and the positive impact on the local poultry industry. But the promise of $315,000 to support other projects, activities and infrastructure that will further advance our livability demonstrates an extraordinary commitment to our partnership.”
The Pilgrim’s Enterprise facility employs more than 650 people with an annual payroll of more than $21 million. The facility supports 110 growers, paying them more than $18 million per year for their livestock. Consistent with its long-term commitment to the local economy, Pilgrim’s Enterprise has invested more than $23 million in capital improvements over the last five years.
Pilgrim’s anchors dozens of rural communities – operating more than 30 meat poultry and prepared foods facilities and employing 31,000-plus people in the United States. Nationally, the Hometown Strong initiative is a $20 million investment from Pilgrim’s, which is part of a $50 million nationwide contribution from JBS USA. Visit hometownstrong.jbssa.com to learn more.