Joel Claveus

Production Supervisor, Souderton, PA

Joel Claveus came to the U.S. from Haiti in 2002, shortly after an earthquake hit his home country. Growing up as an orphan, he knew he couldn’t provide for himself and decided to move to the U.S.

Joel joined our Souderton beef facility soon after arriving and has stayed with the company ever since. As soon as he started at JBS, Joel decided he wanted to achieve great things working at the facility.

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Jobie Pettigrew

Maintenance Scheduler, Ellijay, GA

Jobie Pettigrew arrived in the U.S. 11 years ago, from the island of the Philippines. In the U.S., everything was new and different for Jobie – culture, language, values, people, environment, and lifestyle.

When she moved to the U.S., Jobie didn’t know how to drive a car, so her fellow team members in Ellijay drove her to work. “It’s a gesture I’ll never forget,” she said.

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Aya Hamdi

Hourly Production, Nacogdoches, TX

Aya Hamdi came to the U.S. from Jordan as a teenager. As an immigrant without knowledge of the laws and rights in the U.S., Aya faced a tough period.

After living in a shelter in Oklahoma, Aya found an advocate to help her to obtain a green card and moved to Texas.

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Sophonie Masumbuko

Offal Supervisor, Tolleson, Arizona

Sophonie Masumbuko is originally from Congo. He moved to the country in 1996 from Tanzania and lived in Congo as a refugee for 14 years. Due a civil war and international military conflict that was happening at the time, he and his family no longer had a place to live. So when immigration offered them the opportunity to move to the United States, they accepted.

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Blanca Moncayo

Value Added - Cactus, Texas

Blanca Moncayo is originally from Chihuahua, Mexico. She immigrated to the United States in 2003 and joined our Fed Beef facility in Cactus, Texas, in 2009. She started in B-Shift Quality Assurance in ground beef and trim. She enjoyed the work but was looking for a bit more work-life balance.

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Angie Smith

Physical Health And Safety Tech - Ottumwa, Iowa

Angie Smith is a tech for the Physical Health and Safety Department at our JBS Pork facility in Ottumwa, Iowa. She started at JBS USA 32 years ago, following her family heritage in the meatpacking industry. Her grandfather and her father both worked at the same facility for years. In addition to Angie, her brother has been with the company for 35 years and her son has been with the pork facility for five years.

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Alma Valverde

Quality Control - Greeley, Colorado

Alma Valverde arrived in the U.S. in 1984. After working through various jobs for many years, she landed at JBS in 1996 as an hourly production worker in Fabrication. Here, Alma found not only the opportunity to provide for her children, but she also found a place to grow and thrive. She found a second family.

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