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20 years later, Oklahoma City-based Lopez Foods is feeding the world

In two decades, Oklahoma City-based meat processing company Lopez Foods has grown from 300 workers to 1,000 and acquired additional facilities in Ponca City and Tennessee.
by Jennifer Palmer Published: September 26, 2012
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“We tell our employees every day that we feed the world, and we're very proud of it. But at the same time, our children eat the products we make, so we make the highest quality products possible,” Lopez said.

Lopez Foods already exports to Japan and Korea, and Lopez said the company wants to continue its international growth. It also is focusing on environmental initiatives, including becoming “zero landfill” by 2020.

Diversity is the key ingredient to the company's success and creates a family atmosphere among workers, Lopez said.

“That's what being diverse is all about: embracing the differences that make everybody so unique and special. That, to me, is what makes our workforce so great,” he said.

by Jennifer Palmer
Investigative Reporter
Jennifer Palmer joined The Oklahoman staff in 2008 and, after five years on the business desk, is now digging deeper through investigative work. She's been recognized with awards in public service reporting and personal column writing. Prior to...
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