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Company Profile

What is Quality Pork Processors, Inc.?
Quality Pork Processors, Inc. is a privately held fresh meat processing company located in Austin, Minnesota. QPP does the processing and fabrication of fresh pork as a co-packer with Hormel Foods Company. We offer full-time employment with a weekly guarantee. We operate two shifts with a sanitation crew on third shift. We have over 1,300 employees and have been in operation for over twenty-two years with no layoffs.

Employee Benefits Are:

  • Medical insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Optical insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Supplemental life insurance
  • Nine paid holidays, effective immediately upon hire
  • Paid vacations begin after one year of service
  • Short-term disability insurance after one year of service if injured or sick outside the plant
  • 401K plan (after one year) of service with a company contribution
  • Credit union loans and savings available through payroll deductions

What Else Does QPP Offer?

  • Hot food cafeteria service
  • Advancement opportunities--Many of our management team started in production

Where is Austin, Minnesota?
Austin is located in Southern Minnesota near the Iowa border. Austin has a population of over 23,000. It is 1 1/2 hours south of Minneapolis/St. Paul and 40 miles west of Rochester, Minnesota. The community of Austin has a lot to offer-- a 2-year college and technical school, a large YMCA, nice shopping malls, large city pool with water slide, new middle school with Olympic sized swimming pool, four elementary schools and a completely renovated high school with two gymnasiums. Austin has three large grocery stores, a community theater, nice downtown area, many different denominational churches (including a Catholic high school and elementary schools), and a new library.

Founder and Former CEORichard Knight, Founder & Former CEO
Richard Knight was born and raised in Rockford, Illinois. He graduated from the University of Illinois in 1956 with a Bachelors of Science in Agricultural Economics. He was employed by Swift & Company, the meat packing corporation for 31 years. In 1987 he started Quality Pork Processors, (QPP), his own custom meat operation located in Austin, Minnesota for Hormel. He retired in 2000. Knight has been married for 55 years, has five children and ten grandchildren. He and his wife Kathrine bought a farm in Sauk County in 1979. Knight has been the Chairman of the Plan Commission for Excelsior Township since its formation in 2006.

Management Team

Kelly Wadding President
Kelly Wadding
Mel Gilbertson Vice President of Operations
Mel Gilbertson
Senior Vice President of Operations
Ken Kay Vice President of Finance
Ken Kay
Vice President of Finance
Nate Jansen
VP of HR and QS
David Drommerhausen Controller
David Drommerhausen
Dale Wicks HR Director
Dale Wicks
HR Director

HR Specialist

Andrea Kvalsten
Hiring Specialist
Claude Pulliam Operations Manager
Claude Pulliam
Plant Manager
Randy Feuring Product Manager
Randy Feuring
Product Manager
Bill Bernand
Night Superintenden
Angela Stout Assistant QS Manager
Angela Stout
QS Manager
Kelly Boerhave Plant Engineer
Kelly Boerhave
Plant Engineer
Doug Downs Assistant Plant Engineer
Doug Downs
Assistant Plant Engineer
Dennis Dagestad Industrial Engineer
Dennis Dagestad
Industrial Engineer
Karissa Fawver
Karissa Fawver
Occupational Health Nurse
Didacus Guzman
Safety Director
Carlos Quirindonga ITCarlos Quirindongo



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