Smithfield plants across the United States donated trees to their community, with the Smithfield Clinton plant donating their trees to the City of Clinton Cemetery.
Smithfield is the world’s largest pork processor and hog producer. One of their plants is located in Clinton, where bacon and ham are packaged and shipped throughout the country.
Rick Bowen, the manager of wastewater at the Smithfield plant, said that the trees were donated as part of a “community outreach program.” The plant in Clinton was one of nine plants that participated in this program, with the others located in areas such as Idaho and Illinois.
In total, 10 nuttall oak trees, totaling $900, were donated to the City of Clinton Cemetery. The trees were planted in hopes of helping the environment around the country. The Smithfield company volunteers participate in multiple beautification projects around the country. In 2014, more than 700 hours were volunteered by the employees of the Smithfield, company officials said.