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The North Carolina Environmental Stewardship Initiative (ESI) Conference was held May 14 and 15 at the NC Rural Center in Raleigh, NC. One Bladen County businesses received an award at the convention.

ESI’s mission is to assist organizations in reducing their environmental impacts beyond regulatory requirements and recognize those that achieve and maintain this commitment, according to the NC website.

“We are proud to announce that our Tar Heel, North Carolina facility was honored this month with a Rising Steward Award for participating in North Carolina’s Environmental Stewardship Initiative (ESI) for 10 consecutive years,” Smithfield announced on their social media post. It continued stating, “Bill Gill, assistant vice president of sustainability for Smithfield Foods, was on hand at the 2019 DEACS ESI Conference to receive the award. Our Tar Heel facility joins our Wilson, North Carolina facility who earned this recognition in 2018.”