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Monogram Foods chairman honored with top industry award

CHANDLER -- The chairman and chief executive officer of Monogram Foods, the parent company of Monogram Meat Snacks in Chandler, has been awarded one of the meat processing industry's top honors for his business leadership skills.

CHANDLER -- The chairman and chief executive officer of Monogram Foods, the parent company of Monogram Meat Snacks in Chandler, has been awarded one of the meat processing industry’s top honors for his business leadership skills.

 

Karl Schledwitz is the 2017 recipient of the Richard L. Knowlton Award, which recognizes innovative skills, corporate citizenship and exceptional business acumen. The award is given annually by Meatingplace, one of the nation’s leading information sources for the red meat and poultry processing industry.

 

“Karl Schledwitz is a modern-day Dick Knowlton who has found ways to transform existing companies into entrepreneurial giants,” said Bill Kinross, Meatingplace publisher. “We need industry leaders like Monogram to continue to advance our industry.”

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Knowlton, the former chairman of Hormel Inc., is regarded as one of the legendary leaders in the meat processing industry.

 

Schledwitz, along with his partner Wes Jackson, founded Monogram Foods in 2004 after they purchased King Cotton and Circle B brand meats from the Sara Lee Corporation. Based on the business formula of capitalizing on underutilized, affordable assets and neglected brands with major potential growth, Schledwitz and Jackson grew their small company of nine employees into one that today employs more than 2,700 people working at eight manufacturing facilities in seven states. Monogram Meat Snacks employs 419 people at its Chandler plant at 521 N 5th St.

 

In making its decision to honor Schledwitz, Meatingplace also recognized that under Schledwitz’s leadership, Monogram Foods this year continued to build on its growth strategy with the acquisition and subsequent expansion of Progressive Gourmet, a Massachusetts frozen appetizer processor.

 

Former recipients of the Knowlton Award include Jim Perdue, chairman of Perdue Farms, Donnie Smith, chief executive officer of Tyson Foods, and Joel Johnson, chairman and chief executive officer of Hormel Foods Corp.

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