West Michigan Works! Celebrates Herbruck's Poultry Ranch as 2023 Employer of the Year

December 11, 2023

SARANAC, Mich. – West Michigan Works! recognizes Herbruck’s Poultry Ranch as its 2023 Employer of the Year for its contributions to workforce development, community engagement and the agribusiness industry.

The award was presented during the annual West Michigan Works! board meeting held at the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park on December 11, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Damon Jordan, district representative from the Office of Congressman John Moolenaar, presented a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition to Herbruck’s Poultry Ranch, honoring their achievement as Employer of the Year.

“Herbruck’s Poultry Ranch sets an exemplary standard in the industry with their unwavering commitment to workforce initiatives and community partnerships in West Michigan. They have an essential role in supporting and growing the agribusiness field beyond their own operation,” said Amy Lebednick, Business Solutions Director, West Michigan Works!.

The Ionia-based egg producer currently serves as an employer champion for the agribusiness sector in MiCareerQuest, helping thousands of students explore agriculture-related careers. Their participation in the Ag-jobs-4-all hiring event reflects a commitment to assisting opportunity populations. Additionally, their reception of a 2023 Best and Brightest in the nation award is a testament to their exceeding standards for companies across the United States.

Herbruck’s Poultry Ranch offers comprehensive skill development through its apprenticeship program. Through a partnership with Montcalm Community College and utilizing the Going PRO Talent Fund, Herbruck’s provides apprentices with a comprehensive education and the skills required to diagnose and repair crucial machinery.

Their commitment to the community and their employees continues with Herbruck’s efforts to actively address and remove barriers to employment through membership in the Retention Solutions Network and competitive compensation packages. Herbruck’s commitment to its employees includes no-cost health insurance, along with free access to an on-site Wellness Clinic, which gives team members fast, easy and confidential access to high quality medical care.

“We are immensely proud to be acknowledged as the West Michigan Works! Employer of the Year. This honor reflects our ongoing commitment to our team members, whom we regard as an extension of our family,” said Stephanie Kempa, chief human resources officer, Herbruck’s Poultry Ranch. “We strive to ensure they have access to exceptional healthcare, a secure work environment, and ample opportunities for professional growth.”

Established in 1958, Herbruck’s Poultry Ranch is Michigan’s largest egg producer, with expansive operations across Indiana and Pennsylvania. Beyond their significant role in egg production, Herbruck’s is deeply involved in community service, donating over 2 million eggs annually to local food pantries.

Herbruck’s Poultry Ranch, a pillar of Ionia County’s economy, is also lauded for its dedication to sustainable practices, such as solar power utilization, waste reduction, and efficient water use, demonstrating a keen focus on minimizing their environmental impact. Learn more at herbrucks.com.

For more information about West Michigan Works! and to access employer resources, visit  westmiworks.org/employers/.