Aviagen operation recognized at both county and state levels for showing pride in local environment
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – During a Governor’s Award luncheon on Nov. 8, Aviagen® was presented with the Alabama People Against a Littered State (PALS) award for its Product Development Center in Albertville, Ala. Present at the luncheon and speaking on the natural beauty of her state and the extreme pride of its citizens was Alabama Governor Kay Ivey.
This award in the category of Business and Industry marks the second PALS recognition for Aviagen in Albertville. The facility was granted the Marshall County PALS Business Pride award last year in October.
Aviagen was nominated for the state recognition by Cecilia Pullen, executive director of Marshall County PALS, and Lynne Hurley, Marshall County PALS board member and head of the Business Pride Award. Both Pullen and Hurley were present at the award celebration, along with Aviagen Albertville Operations Manager Danny Goyne (pictured on right with AL PALS Chairman of the Board Jeff Helms), who accepted the award on behalf of Aviagen.
Aviagen is the world’s leading poultry breeding company, with locations spanning six continents and serving customers in more than 100 countries. Aviagen’s Alabama facilities include Albertville, Elkmont, Athens, Talledega and Huntsville, where the company’s global headquarters are located.
Pride in the environment
The Albertville product development center earned both accolades due to the cleanliness of its pristine 320 acres of land. Upon receiving the Business Pride award last year, Aviagen Albertville had the privilege of displaying the PALS sign of recognition for six months. The Marshall County award to Aviagen was the first Business Pride distinction ever given by PALS.
PALS is a statewide organization with a mission to “keep Alabama clean and beautiful for all Alabamians” (alpals.org). PALS organizes cleanup activities and environment adoption programs, and regularly recognizes people and organizations that demonstrate exemplary environmental stewardship. The Governor’s award is a PALS recognition program to acknowledge groups and individuals who have gone above and beyond to make Alabama a cleaner and more beautiful state. In addition to the Business and Industry, other categories include Media, Adopt-A-Mile, Volunteer of the Year, City, County, Judicial, County Commissions, Law Enforcement, and Litter Education.
“We’re honored to be recognized by PALS at both the state and county levels,” says Goyne. “We strive to keep our facilities clean and beautiful to express our respect for our company, the environment and our community as a whole.”
The luncheon was held at the Marriott Capitol Hill in Prattville, Ala., and the awards were presented by Jeff Helms, chairman of the board Alabama PALS.