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Jennie-O makes some executive changes

WILLMAR — There are some changes being made at the executive level at Jennie-O Turkey Store.

Pat Solheid, the vice president of human resources and administration, will retire from the company at the end of May. She started with Jerome Foods in Faribault in 1986 as the human resources manager. In 1993, she transferred to Barron, Wisconsin, and was promoted to director of human resources in 1995. With the merger of Jennie-O and The Turkey Store Company in 2001, she became the director of employee relations and transferred to the Willmar corporate office in 2002. In 2005, she was promoted to her current position.

Taking over as the vice president of human resources and administration will be Melanie Faust, the current vice president of operations. Faust has worked for Jennie-O Turkey Store since 2017. She came from parent company Hormel Foods as the director of operations in China for Hormel Foods International Corporation. She started with Hormel Foods in 1995.

Matt Schrupp will take over as the vice president of operations. Hired in 1992, Schrupp has held various positions in the company in operations, including serving as manager of both the Benson Avenue and Willmar Avenue plants. Currently, he is the vice president of live production.