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Norma Hernandez

Fabrication Trainer – Cactus, Texas

Norma Hernandez was born in Monterrey, Mexico, and moved to the U.S. with her parents at the age of five. Hernandez joined JBS in 1995 as a production line worker. By 2008, Norma had worked her way up to become a Fabrication Trainer.

Along with working her way up the ladder at JBS, Norma has worked her way through life’s challenges with strength and courage as well.

Norma left an abusive relationship in 2017, knowing that she could count on her coworkers to offer encouragement throughout the process.

In 2018, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and received support from JBS during treatment. “They moved me to an area where I could still maintain my employment and attend all my treatments,” she said. “They were very caring during the entire process.”

Hernandez enrolled in the American Dream Program, a JBS Cactus program that helps team members buy their own houses and become American citizens. “I don’t think I would have ever been able to buy my home without the program,” she said.

Through the American Dream Program, Norma also started the citizenship process in late 2018 and became an American citizen in 2020.

“To this point, I think I’ve met all my goals: buying my home, becoming a U.S. citizen,” she said.

In addition to living the “American Dream,” Norma found new love and remarried in 2018.

She said she became a better and much happier person after she met her husband, Ricardo, who is also a team member in Cactus. Norma is also a mother of three young adults and a grandmother of a little girl.

“Working for JBS provides for my family, provides for my home,” she said. “They strive to give each employee the things they need in life.”