Morrell Names New President, Says Move Unrelated to Labor Dispute
NORTHFIELD, Ill. (AP) _ Milton J. Schloss has been named chairman of the board and acting president and chief executive officer of John Morrell & Co., replacing Donald Slotkin, a spokesman for Morrell’s parent company said Thursday.
The appointment was one of two announced by Keith Lindner, executive vice president of Cincinnati, Ohio-based United Brands, Morrell’s parent company.
Schloss’ appointment and that of Tom Smith as executive vice president and chief operating officer at Morrell are unrelated to an ongoing labor dispute, said Ted Steadman, Morrell’s vice president for labor relations.
Members of the United Food & Commercial Workers Union in Sioux City, Iowa, are on strike at a Morrell plant. Union workers at a Sioux Falls Morrell plant began honoring picket lines set up by Sioux City workers May 1. The sympathy strike in Sioux Falls ended Wednesday evening.
Slotkin, who resigned, had been president at Morrell since 1979, Steadman said.
Schloss has worked in the meat industry most of his life, having served as chief executive officer of the meat division of Sara Lee Corp., and chairman of Kahn’s, Steadman said.
He had been working as a consultant since retiring in 1983, according to Steadman.
Smith worked previously at Oscar Mayer Corp., and most recently was president of the Armour Meats division of ConAgra, Steadman said.
As to the labor dispute, Steadman said Morrell officials were reviewing an ″unconditional offer″ to return to work that was submitted Wednesday night by employees at the Sioux Falls facility.
The company had sent a telegram seeking to discuss the proposal with union leaders, he said, noting about 2,200 replacements now work at the plant.