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Team Member Spotlight: Erin McGee

September 11th, 2016 (franklin)

Meet Erin McGee, Franklin Foods Machine Operator.

  • Where were you born: Newport, Vermont
  • What is your background (i.e., experience, education, etc.)? High school graduate 1998 North Country Union H.S. and I have been working at Franklin Foods for 5 1/2 years as a machine operator.
  • What is your role at Franklin Foods? Machine operator on the 8 oz. bar line, 3 Lb bar line, portion control line, two lane cup line and case packer.
  • What do you like most about Franklin Foods? Competitive wages and the people.
  • What are your hobbies? Gardening, hunting, fishing and ice fishing.
  • What is your favorite song? Girl Crush by Little Big Town
  • What do you consider your greatest achievement? Raising my three children as a single mom.
  • Who has influenced you most in your life? My mother. She raised three children by herself, sometimes working as many as three jobs to the pay the bills.
  • Where is one of your favorite places to visit? Ogunquit, Maine, and heading there this summer!
  • What is your favorite flavor of cream cheese or dish made with cream cheese? Deep fried pickles stuffed with our Jalapeño Cream Cheese.
Erin McGee

Erin McGee and Family

Team Member Spotlight: Alex Ledding

July 22nd, 2016 (franklin)

Meet Alex Ledding, Franklin Foods West RO/UF Operator.

  • Where were you born? Miami, Florida
  • What is your background (i.e., experience, education, etc.)? Graduated Sun Prairie WI. I have been working in dairy manufacturing for 10 years: Cheese Making− Block Cheese, Cottage Cheese and Cream Cheese. Filtration: Micro Filtrating, Ultra Filtration, Reverse Osmosis, Water Polishing, Dia-Filtration, and running Protein Dryer.
  • What’s your role at Franklin Foods? Run the Filtration side of Franklin Foods, the UF/RO and State of Arizona point-person for HTST inspections. Worked my way up from Cheese Maker.
  • What do you like most about Franklin Foods? I love the work environment, the people and the products we make.
  • What are your hobbies? Spending time with my kids and building race cars.
  • What is your favorite song? I love all music mostly, besides country.
  • What do you consider your greatest achievement? Being able to provide for myself and my kids and keep them happy and cared for.
  • Who has influenced you most in your life? My brother, he has always been there for me no matter what. And has made me what I am today.
  • Where is one of your favorite places to visit? I grew up in California and Florida, the ocean is my go to place for surfing and boogie boarding and sun.
  • What is your favorite flavor of cream cheese or dish made with cream cheese? Jalapeño poppers and Jalapeño cream cheese.
Alex Ledding, Franklin Foods Team Member Spotlight

Alex Ledding, Franklin Foods Team Member Spotlight

Pinal 40 Awards $135,000 to Students and Non-Profits

August 7th, 2015 (franklin)

By Susan Randall, Casa Grande Dispatch

Pinal County has a new, home-grown philanthropic organization — a fraternity of businessmen who joined forces last December to promote Pinal County, especially its youth, farming and ag-related businesses. Click here for the entire article.

The Pinal 40 awarded $135,000 in grants and scholarships, including $40,000 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Casa Grande, Valley, $10,000 to the Pinal County 4-H Fair, $10,000 to Arizona FFA Foundation, and $20,000 to the Pinal 40 Endowment Fund. When the endowment reaches $1 million, it will permanently provide $60,000 a year for kids. The organization set aside $15,000 to be available to any Pinal County charity. Applications are available at pinal40.com. It also awarded $40,000 in agricultral scholarships to 18 students,who will study ag-related subjects at Central Arizona College, the University of Arizona or Texas Tech University.

Pinal 40 Members: Franklin Foods represented by Rocco Cardinale

Pinal 40 Members: Franklin Foods represented by Rocco Cardinale

Pinal 40 Member Frank Boyce of Shamrock Foods presents $2,000 scholarship to local student.

Pinal 40 Member Frank Boyce of Shamrock Foods presents $2,000 scholarship to local student.

Arizona FFA Foundation awarded $10,000 grant

Arizona FFA Foundation awarded $10,000 grant

Franklin Foods Welcomes Interns to Arizona!

August 5th, 2015 (franklin)

Interns Jack from Florida and Anthony from Ohio have successfully completed visits to Franklin Foods in Arizona for a two-day “Farm to Table” immersion experience into the Arizona dairy industry. Many thanks to the teams at T & K Dairy in Stanfield, United Dairyman of Arizona in Tempe, and Franklin Foods West in Casa Grande.

Team Franklin Foods with Jack Tusa at Franklin Foods West in Casa Grande, Arizona.

Team Franklin Foods with Jack Tusa at Franklin Foods West in Casa Grande, Arizona.

T & K Dairy in Stanfield Arizona.

T & K Dairy in Stanfield Arizona.

Rocco Cardinale and Anthony LaMacchia visiting the United Dairyman of Arizona facility in Tempe.

Rocco Cardinale and Anthony LaMacchia visiting the United Dairyman of Arizona facility in Tempe.

United Dairyman of Arizona in Tempe.

United Dairyman of Arizona in Tempe.

Evan’s Quick Snack Tip

July 5th, 2015 (franklin)

A few quick ingredients and you are on your way to a tasty snack!

Quick and easy Greek Cream Cheese snack tip.

Quick and easy Greek Cream Cheese snack tip.

Greek Cream Cheese Sampling with Jack Tusa

July 2nd, 2015 (franklin)

Jack Tusa, Franklin Foods’ marketing intern, will be sampling Greek Cream Cheese at The Fresh Market Mission Bay Plaza in Boca Raton, Florida on Friday, July 3rd. Starts and 12 noon!

Come by and meet Jack and enjoy and learn about Greek Cream Cheese!

Greek Cream Cheese Sampling at The Fresh Market with Jack Tusa!

Greek Cream Cheese Sampling at The Fresh Market with Jack Tusa!

About Jack

My name is John Tusa III but I commonly go by Jack, and I am junior marketing and corporate relations major at The University of Mississippi or Ole Miss. I am currently a summer intern with Franklin Foods. In my spare time I enjoy staying active and going to the gym but also having time to have fun. Although I love going to college it is hard to stay fit and healthy which is something I strive to do always. One thing I am very excited about is how the Greek Cream Cheese can also taste great and be healthier than other similar snacks. I very much enjoy talking with people and sharing what I am passionate about so I cannot wait to broaden my knowledge and help Franklin Foods spread the word on Greek Cream Cheese!

Jack is Franklin Foods' marketing intern and guest blogger from University of Mississippi.

Jack is Franklin Foods' marketing intern and guest blogger from the University of Mississippi.

Intern Evan’s Greek Takeover

June 25th, 2015 (franklin)

Intern Evan spreads the Greek Cream Cheese word in Arizona!

Greek Cream Cheese Takeover at Lincoln Financial

Greek Cream Cheese Takeover at Lincoln Financial

Greek Cream Cheese Takeover

Greek Cream Cheese Takeover

Franklin Foods’ intern Kelly Arcand hits the road in the California desert!

June 24th, 2015 (franklin)

Kelly Arcand hits the road in the California desert, spreading the word about Greek Cream Cheese to family and friends!

Kelly with Carl in in the Coachella Valley.

Kelly Arcand with Carl having fun and sampling Greek Cream Cheese.

Kelly Arcand with Carl having fun and sampling Greek Cream Cheese.

“Carl enjoys cream cheese on a daily basis but had never tried Greek Cream Cheese before. He said he liked Greek Cream Cheese because of its creamier texture and consistency. Carl works hard to maintain his weight and was pleased when I showed him our products which give him a healthier choice of cream cheese.”

Guillermo, Bertha and friend sampling Greek Cream Cheese in Palm Desert.

Guillermo, Bertha and friend sampling Greek Cream Cheese in Palm Desert.

Guillermo and Bertha in Palm Desert

“I presented the owners of Guillermo’s Mexican Restaurant in Palm Desert with the same taste test I gave Carl. They concluded that they like our product better as well, mainly because of the consistency. Guillermo and Bertha were both born and raised in Mexico,and eventually moved to Palm Desert and opened a fine dining restaurant 20 years ago. They are very good family friends of mine, and were very interested in trying our product, and will be buying Greek Cream Cheese over Philadelphia Cream Cheese from now on.”

Guillermo and Bertha give Greek Cream Cheese "two thumbs up" over Philadelphia Cream Cheese.

Guillermo and Bertha give Greek Cream Cheese "two thumbs up" over Philadelphia Cream Cheese.

About Kelly

My name is Kelly Arcand, and I am a junior majoring in supply chain management at Arizona State University. I am currently working as an intern with Franklin Foods. In my spare time I enjoy exercising, watching sports, and hanging out with my friends. One of the most exciting aspects of Franklin Foods, besides the fact that it’s the fastest growing cream cheese company in the world, is that the products contain healthy ingredients that project a healthy lifestyle compatible with mine. I look forward to gaining experience with the retail distribution channel and other aspects of the food industry this internship has to offer.

Kelly is Franklin Foods intern and guest blogger from Arizona State University.

Kelly is Franklin Foods' intern and guest blogger from Arizona State University.

Welcome Intern Mike Horton

June 22nd, 2015 (franklin)

Franklin Foods West welcomes Mike Horton!

Mike Horton and Rocco Cardinale

Mike Horton and Rocco Cardinale

Mike has come up with a quick and easy way to bagel recipe to enjoy throughout the summer!

Recipe

1 Bagel

2 Slices of Ham

2 Sliced of Salami

2 Slices of Pepperoni

4 Tbsp. of Greek Cream Cheese

Mike Horton Recipe Tip

Mike Horton Recipe Tip

The Pinal 40 is ready to make a big impact in 2015

December 19th, 2014 (franklin)

Under the leadership of Dennis Dugan of Triple D Dairy in Casa Grande, Arizona the Pinal 40 has been established to become the successor of the Dugans’ St. Patrick’s Day Foundation.  The Pinal 40 is a fraternity of community members from Pinal County, united in the common purpose of promoting and developing youth with an emphasis on farming and agriculture. But, this is only the beginning. In 2015, The Pinal 40 will host the Arizona AG Experience, a three day event to celebrate dairies, farming and agriculture in Pinal County.

Arizona AG Experience

Arizona AG Experience

Pinal 40

Pinal 40