CECIL BUFFINGTON ~ THE PERDUE FARMS YEARS

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Cecil Buffington ~ The Perdue Years

1990 - 2004

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You Can Never Go Home Again  

 

The beautiful Perdue Processing Plant in Dillon, South Carolina. At the time it was built it was the most computerized plant in the United States. Beautiful Pre-stress concrete walls and completely automated.

The house provided to the Buffington family upon my going with Perdue. I live in it for 5 months while my new house in Dillon was being built.

Hanging chickens in Dillon. A new cage system was used at the Dillon plant. The only one of it's type in the United States.

The hall's of the Dillon plant. It never looked like the traditional chicken plant. A very beautiful building.

Cary Buffington led the Dillon Dixie Youth 12 year old baseball team to the state title in 1993.

Playing golf in Dillon. Georgia friend Charlie McMullan is on the far right.

Maintenance Manager Larry Waldren receives a service award from Cecil Buffington . . . Dillon plant manager.

Buffington presents Eviscerating unit manager Clark Bannon with a service award after achieving the first 99% chain speed for a week in Dillon history.

Eviscerating Supervisor Dianne Hargrove receives a service award for a new chain speed record in 1992.

The 1992 Walk-America group from the Dillon Plant.

Richard Coates - Dillon Purchasing Manager receives an award for Most People in the Dillon Walk America in 1992. Plant Manager Cecil Buffington receives an award for largest amount of money raised for the Walk America Project in 1992.

The huge Perdue Dothan Processing Complex in Dothan, Alabama. A sight to behold.

Cecil Buffington apartment in Dothan for his first 5 months in Dothan, Alabama.

The Perdue Dothan Complex Office.

Cecil Buffington weighed 160 pounds when he went to Dothan.

Six months later he weighed in at 190 pounds. It can be done!

Mr. Perdue in Dothan.

Another picture of Mr. Perdue in the Dothan plant.

Mr. Perdue with Plant Nurse Cindy Pittard in 1995. Division Manager Cecil Buffington took over 1200 pictures of Mr. Perdue and the Dothan associates, sent them to Mr. Perdue, who autographed everyone of them and returned them to the Dothan associates.

Betty and Cary Buffington at a Perdue Christmas dinner in the late 90s.

Santa Claus with a gift for Betty Buffington. Cecil Buffington never allowed a Christmas party during his management career, but always had a Christmas Dinner for the salaried staff along with presents for all staff members.

Three key members of the Dothan management team in 1998. Regina Dawes of Facility Engineering, Marie Meyers, Safety Director and Division Secretary Mary Lloyd.

When Cecil Buffington went to the Perdue Dothan, shortly after its purchase from Showell farms, it did not have a flagpole.

Buffington quickly had a flag pole installed and had a flag raising ceremony presented by the Dothan High school ROTC to raise the US Flag and the Perdue Flag high over the Dothan Office.

The 1998 Walk America event in Dothan, Alabama,

Buffington was always a big supporter of walk America throughout his managerial career.

Any time the Dothan Plant would operate on a Saturday, Hot dogs, hamburgers or chicken would be provided for ALL associates at lunch. Perdue was the best Concern For The People Operation Cecil Buffington ever worked with.

Cecill Buffington addressing a Perdue Dothan Annual Meeting around 2000 in Dothan.

Cecil Buffington in 2002.

Buffington getting ready to walk through the Dothan plant.

Cecil Buffington at Perdue Farms.

Cecil Buffington ~ Perdue Farms in 2003.

A birthday cake from the Dothan office staff for Cecil Buffington in 1999.

Cecil Buffington just hanging around.

A Perdue Dothan 60 foot deboning cone line. We would install four double cone lines in the Dothan plant to debone 100% of all whole birds.

Inspecting deboned breast in Dothan.

Whole Bird Deboning in Dothan. The Dothan plant was the first plant to convert to 100% deboning in 1995

An associate places whole birds on the cone deboning line.

The Buffington office wall. Loved ducks . . .

Cecil Buffington in his Perdue office in 1998.