AUSTIN, MINN. — Larry J. Pfeil, vice-president of engineering for Hormel Foods Corp., is retiring April 17 after working with the company for 37 years.

"Larry’s leadership has been integral in guiding the construction of new facilities and the expansion of existing facilities throughout the company," said Jeffrey M. Ettinger, chairman of the board, president and chief executive of Hormel Foods. "He also championed many automation and new technology initiatives, which strengthened our leadership position in food safety, employee safety and operational efficiencies. We offer our best wishes to Larry and his wife Teri."

James Schroeder will succeed Mr. Pfeil as vice-president of engineering. He will oversee all aspects of engineering for the company, including design, construction and commissioning of plant facilities and equipment, plant engineering and maintenance, as well as environmental engineering.

James Mino will be promoted to director of engineering. Mr. Mino’s responsibilities will include management of all facilities and equipment projects, including civil, mechanical and electrical engineering functions. He will report directly to Mr. Schroeder.

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