Hormel may sell branded foods to the world, but in the small town of Austin, MN – where the company has been headquartered and run its flagship plant since 1891 – it’s still treated like a local business.

“We’re a $9.2 billion company, and the largest employer in the community. We were founded right here in Austin, MN, and we’ve stayed true to our roots all these years,” said Mark Coffey, senior vice president of supply chain. “But without our aviation team, it would be almost impossible to be based here today.”