JBS USA Announces New Leadership in Canada07 December 2012
CANADA - JBS USA, which manages the XL Foods facility in Brooks, Alberta, Canada, has appointed William Van Solkema as president of JBS Canada.
Mr Van Solkema, the former president of sales and operation for XL Foods from 2004 to 2009, most recently served as a consultant for XL Fine Foods, the company’s value-added processing business. Van Solkema enjoys vast knowledge of the Canadian beef industry stemming from his years of service in Canada including senior management positions at the Cargill High River plant in Alberta and the Canada Packers plants in Winnipeg and Calgary.
“Willie brings more than 30 years of experience and direct knowledge of the Canadian beef business to JBS Canada,” stated Bill Rupp, president and COO, JBS USA beef business unit.
“I personally worked alongside Willie at the High River plant and have complete confidence in his ability to manage our operations at the Brooks facility in Alberta. He will prove to be an invaluable asset as we normalize operations at Brooks for both domestic and international markets and continue to explore our exclusive option to purchase additional XL properties in Canada and the US.”
In addition to his corporate experience, Van Solkema has been an active participant in industry associations dedicated to the advancement of the Canadian beef industry. His service includes board-of-director positions at the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association Market Development Council, the Canadian Cattle Identification Agency, the Canada Beef Export Federation, and the Canadian Meat Council, serving as the council’s president in 2004.
In October 2012, JBS USA announced an agreement with XL Foods to manage the XL Lakeside facility in Brooks, Alberta and an exclusive option to purchase XL properties including the Lakeside beef packing plant, a beef packing plant in Calgary, Albertsa, a feedlot in Brooks, Alberta and the adjacent farmland acreage, a beef packing plant in Omaha, Nebraska and a beef packing plant in Nampa, Idaho. JBS USA continues to evaluate the opportunity to exercise the exclusive option.
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