Award-winning effort

Published 4:07 pm Friday, May 24, 2024

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SALISBURY, MD – Rick Burns, a resident of Ahoskie, has earned the Frank Perdue Quality, Service and Reliability Award (QSR), the highest form of associate recognition at Perdue Farms.

Burns recently retired from Perdue after working nearly 40 years at the company, including the last 33 as live production manager in Ahoskie. Burns was responsible for the hatchery, feed mill and grow-out operations in eastern North Carolina and the relationships with the farmers who raise poultry for Perdue.

The Frank Perdue Quality, Service and Reliability Award was established at Perdue Farms in 2005 following the passing of Frank Perdue to recognize associates who exemplify all aspects of QSR in their work style and who do so consistently throughout their career.

“It’s because of associates like Rick and the thousands of others across the company that we can deliver on our commitments to all our stakeholders, including our associates and their families, our farmers, our customers and consumers, and our communities,” said Jim Perdue, chairman of Perdue Farms.

In addition to the QSR trophy, Burns received a $5,000 check and his name will be permanently displayed on a QSR plaque at the company’s headquarters in Salisbury, Maryland.