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West Liberty Foods Overview

West Liberty, IA
1001 to 5000 employees
Company - Private
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Working at West Liberty Foods

West Liberty Foods, headquartered in West Liberty, Iowa is a recognized leader in the food industry and one of North America’s top protein processors. Simply put, we are a food company who manufacturers a wide variety of turkey, ham, chicken, and beef products that can ... Read more

Mission: Our mission is to be a leading food manufacturer by converting needs, ideas, and expertise into value for our members, business partners, and consumers.

Company Updates

  • We are pleased to share that Joe Swanson has been promoted to Vice President of Operations. Joe brings over 25+ years of company knowledge and leadership, coupled with his experience there is no one better fit to fill this position. Congrats Joe!

  • Congratulations to our President & CEO Ed Garrett for being named one of the 25 Icons by National Provisioner magazine!

    Industry History: 25 Years, 25 Icons

    In conjunction with the coverage of The National Provisioner's 125th Anniversary, we chose to honor 25 icons who made their mark on industry since 1991. It's one thing to select all-time icons of industry, but we decided to limit our list to individuals who shaped the industry in the past 25 years only.

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West Liberty Foods – Why Work For Us?


West Liberty Foods was formed in 1996 under the guiding principles of the Iowa Turkey Growers Cooperative. Carrying on Iowa’s rich farming tradition, our grower/owners are committed to animal health and welfare while delivering superior-quality turkeys—a philosophy that has helped family farms grow and thrive for generations. The continued success of West Liberty Foods is due to the dedication, enthusiasm and support of our grower/owners.

We also know the importance of taking care of the community. From partnerships with local schools and service organizations to corporate donations and employee wellness programs, West Liberty Foods strives to make a positive long-term impact through our business.

Our team is our best asset


Our Members Are Family

At West Liberty Foods, our team members are our family, so we want to take care of them! From our industry leading benefits packages, to our Wellness For Life program, to the many ways we recognize our team members for everything they do, we strive to accomplish just that. Take a look at just a couple of the ways we make sure our team members enjoy the place they work.



  • 1996 47 Iowa turkey growers form the Iowa Turkey Growers Cooperative (ITGC)
  • 1996 ITGC purchases former Louis Rich facility in West Liberty, Iowa
  • 1997 First turkeys are processed by West Liberty Foods
  • 2002 Research and development center opens in West Liberty
  • 2003 Mount Pleasant, Iowa, facility opens with Clean Room Food Processing Systems in place first in the nation with this technology
  • 2005 State-of-the-art quality assurance laboratory opens in West Liberty
  • 2007 Expansion moves west, with new greenfield facility in Tremonton, Utah—built around sustainability and setting new standards in food safety
  • 2007 West Liberty Foods becomes the first US manufacturer to use 10-foot logs in everyday slicing operations
  • 2008 Hearts & Hands Children’s Academy opens, providing child care for West Liberty Foods team members
  • 2010 Clean Room Food Processing Systems, Methods and Structures patented
  • 2012 West Liberty Foods is the first US manufacturer of its size to be verified landfill free by NSF International Strategic Registrations
  • 2013 Mount Pleasant and Tremonton facilities install High Pressure Processing (HPP) systems
  • 2014 Bolingbrook, Illinois, manufacturing facility opens
  • 2016 Bolingbrook ISO certification and landfill-free verification achieved
  • 2016 Ribbon cutting for Liberty Cold, our state-of-the-art 175,000-square-foot cold storage and distribution facility


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West Liberty Foods highly values the health and wellbeing of our team members. For this reason, our Wellness For Life Program was created. Through this program, team members are eligible to receive the following: fitness reimbursements, smoking cessation program reimbursements, reduced medical premiums, incentives for completing preventive exams & participating in our Wellness Challenges throughout the year.

Wellness For Life also hosts and promotes many activities throughout the year such as Walktoberfest, Minute to Win It, Blood Drives along with Women’s and Men’s Health Awareness. 

West Liberty Foods Reviews

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    I worked at West Liberty Foods full-time (Less than a year)


    Good leadership with employees and truck drivers, and upper management


    Hours of employment for everyone

    Advice to Management

    Treat people the way you want to be treated

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West Liberty Foods Photos

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West Liberty Foods Interviews



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    Human Resources Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Bolingbrook, IL
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    Negative Experience
    Average Interview


    I applied online. I interviewed at West Liberty Foods (Bolingbrook, IL) in December 2016.


    I was called in and asked when I was available for an interview. The gal on the phone was super polite, and to be honest I was totally excited about meeting. They made me an offer, and when I told them what I made AND that my benefits were free-- they said that they would call me back. I'M STILL WAITING. I drove 30 miles to get there and they offered me $14.31. INSULT

    Interview Questions

    • How I handled high pressure situations that were stressful. They also asked me about my HR experience and were very honest about they role, they did not oversell this position. I asked about recruitment and benefits and they told me flat out that this role had NOTHING to do with that.   2 Answers
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