The big wigs from Shuanghui International Holdings Ltd. Officially took control of Smithfield Foods on Thursday. They purchased the company, which is 77 years old for 7.1 billion dollars. Employees of Smithfield Foods say it's business as usual, and not much has changed since the take over, with the exception of their visit.
Wan Long and Zhijun Yang showed up in Smithfield to tour operations and meet with managers and other employees, according to Chuck Dhorenwend, a spokesman for Shuanghui. Wan is the chairman and Zhijun is the chief executive of Shuanghui, which is based in Hong Kong.
Apparently they had a full schedule and had no time for an interview. It was employee appreciation day, workers were having burgers, soda and of course barbecue, according to Larry Doggette, president of Public Service Employees Union Local 572. The union represents more than 300 Smithfield workers.
Workers at Smithfield Foods said it was like any other day, “Everybody went to work, killed pigs and went home.”