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Norma Hernandez

Fab Trainer – Cactus, Texas

Norma Hernandez was born in Monterrey, Mexico, and moved to the U.S. with her parents when she was 5 years old. Hernandez joined our facility in Cactus, Texas, in 1995, as a production line worker. She worked her way up to become a Fabrication Trainer in 2008.

Along with working her way up the ladder at JBS, Hernandez has had to work her way through life’s challenges with strength and courage as well.

She 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 all the support from JBS USA during the treatment. “They moved me to an area where I could still maintain my employment and attend all my treatments,” Hernandez said. “They were very caring during the entire process.”

Hernandez learned about American Dream, a Cactus facility program that helps team members to buy their own houses and to become American citizens. She started the home buying process in 2017 and closed the deal on her house in 2018. “I don’t think I would have ever been able to buy my home without the program,” she said.

Through American Dream, she also started the citizenship process in late 2018. She was approved and became an American citizen in 2020 at the Amarillo Courthouse.

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

As an added bonus to living the American Dream, Hernandez found a new love and remarried in 2018.

She said she became a better and much happier person after she met her husband, Ricardo, who’s a team member in our facility in Cactus as well. She’s 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.”