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Nelson-Jameson Receives Great Place to Work Certification

94% of employees say that the dairy distributor is “a great place to work”


MARSHFIELD, WI – December 7, 2023 | Nelson-Jameson, a leading food processing distributor, announced that the Nelson-Jameson and NEXT Logistics family of companies has officially received the “Great Place To Work” certification. The certification evaluates a company’s culture from an employee perspective and recognizes employers who create an outstanding employee experience. 

To be considered for certification, organizations must have 10 or more employees and complete a Trust Index Survey and Culture Brief™.  Positive employee responses to the Trust Index Survey (four and above on the five-point scale) are averaged to provide a company-wide culture assessment: the Trust Index. Companies that score above the current threshold become Great Place To Work Certified.

The Great Place To Work Trust Index Survey measures employee experiences in five dimensions of a high-trust company culture. Three dimensions are connected to the actions of leaders and building trust: credibility, respect, and fairness. The other two dimensions measure employees’ workplace experience: pride and a sense of belonging. 

“This Great Place to Work Certification is of tremendous significance to us since it represents the voice of our employees,” says Mike Rindy, President of Nelson-Jameson. “Nelson-Jameson was founded on the guiding principles of kindness and mutual respect, and this certification demonstrates our dedication to fostering an exceptional workplace with a people-first culture.”

Nelson-Jameson’s scores ranked high across the board with 94% of employees responding that Nelson-Jameson is a great place to work, compared to 57% of employees at a typical U.S.-based company. 98% responded that when they joined the company, a 76-year old family business, they were made to feel welcome. 97% said that they can take time off from work when necessary. Three additional scores all came in at 95%: that management would lay people off only as a last resort, that people are encouraged to balance their work life and their personal life, and that they are proud to say they work at Nelson-Jameson.

“While this certification is an incredible milestone, it’s important for us to continue striving for excellence,” says Rindy. “We will build upon our achievements and utilize this recognition as motivation to develop new initiatives that further improve our workplace experiences and foster even stronger connections within our team.”

Great Place To Work certification criteria are the global standard for quantifying employee experience and helps job seekers identify which companies genuinely offer a great company culture. Other benefits of receiving this certification include greater brand awareness, improved employee trust, a higher retention rate, increased business profitability, greater employee pride, and recognition for great managers and leaders.

View our company profile from Great Place to Work here.

Nelson-Jameson’s Texas Strategic Distribution Center Earns 100% Score in First Safe Quality Food Audit

Amarillo achieves top global safety and quality certification 


MARSHFIELD, WI – December 06, 2023 | Nelson-Jameson, a leading food processing distributor, announced that its Amarillo, Texas, strategic distribution center earned a 100% score in its first Safe Quality Food (SQF) audit. An SQF registered site indicates a company’s commitment to providing quality products that are safely received, handled, stored, and delivered. A 100% score represents the highest level of safety and quality. 

The Eagle Certification Group, an independent certification company authorized by SQF, conducts the audits in adherence to the globally acknowledged industry standards set by SQF. 

“Being SQF certified shows our customers that we are as dedicated to food safety as they are as manufacturers,” says Mike Rindy, President of Nelson-Jameson. “We thank everyone at Amarillo for earning a perfect score during its first audit. It’s a high bar to start with, and we commit to working hard to maintain it year-after-year.”

SQF audit rating for Amarillo distribution center 100%

The ethos of the SQF program is “Say what you do, do what you say.” SQF has a code for each company to follow, and then each company writes the policies and procedures pertaining to the code. Maintaining these procedures is a continuous process as documentation must be reviewed, monitored, verified, and validated throughout the year. 

“Safety is Nelson-Jameson’s top priority, and we make sure to provide continuous training so each employee fully understands the importance of their role in maintaining the program,” says Rindy.

In October, Nelson-Jameson received its 7th straight 100% score at its Turlock strategic distribution center, while audits at its Marshfield headquarters have averaged a score of 98.5% over the past 12 years. The company plans to have its new Jerome, Idaho, strategic distribution center participate in SQF in 2025, once it’s fully operational. More information on the company can be found at

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Nelson-Jameson Foundation Invests in Nation’s Largest Research Dairy—University of Idaho’s Center for Agriculture, Food, and the Environment

Distributor provides resources to support dairy education and industry growth


Marshfield, WI, – November 20, 2023 | The Nelson-Jameson Foundation announced its role supporting the development of the nation’s largest research dairy, the University of Idaho’s Center for Agriculture, Food, and the Environment (CAFE) through a $50,000 contribution. Idaho CAFE is being created to support the growth of local Idaho agriculture and the national dairy industry. Future research at the site will develop creative solutions to advance the sustainability of dairy, food processing, livestock, and crop protection.

“We are so pleased to be part of the important work that CAFE is doing to support local agricultural practices and lead the dairy industry into the future. Food systems are facing myriad challenges, and the CAFE Project is solving these challenges with forward-thinking, innovative approaches to food and dairy production and distribution,” says Mat Bartkowiak, Vice President of Corporate Responsibility & Development at Nelson-Jameson.

University of Idaho Center for Agriculture, Food, and the Environment (CAFE) construction site
(Courtesy of Nelson-Jameson): Nelson-Jameson Foundation is supporting the development of America’s largest research dairy at the University of Idaho’s Center for Agriculture, Food, and the Environment (CAFE). On site, the milking parlor is being built.

CAFE brings together a cross-section of multidisciplinary scientists to study the animal and plant agriculture using a systems approach. Construction for phase one, at $22.5 million, is currently underway. When completed, the facility will be at the cutting edge for the industry and scheduled to be operational by late 2024. Researchers will examine the viability of dairy production in light of evolving economic conditions, cultural preferences, and environmental pressures and also study potential revenue diversification for dairy farmers. Operating as a demonstration dairy farm, it will have the capacity to house 2,000 cows when fully completed – a scale representative of dairying in the West.

“The beauty of Idaho CAFE is the linkages between the research dairy, agricultural production and our partners in industry,” said Michael P. Parrella, Dean of the University of Idaho’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. “Nelson-Jameson’s commitment to the project underlines industry’s need for sustainability research that will ensure the health and productivity of the industry for generations. We could not accomplish this effort without the support of generous partners like Nelson-Jameson.”

In keeping with the University of Idaho’s mission of research-driven innovation, students at the University of Idaho will have access to educational opportunities and research programs in connection with CAFE.

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Nelson-Jameson Named an Alfa Laval Authorized Service Provider

The designation builds on a longstanding relationship between the two companies


MARSHFIELD, WI – Nov 7, 2023 | Nelson-Jameson, a leading food processing distributor, announced its designations as an Alfa Laval Master Distributor and an Alfa Laval Authorized Service Provider. Alfa Laval, an international developer and manufacturer of heat transfer, separation, and fluid handling products and support services, made the designation appointments. Nelson-Jameson will continue to provide Alfa Laval equipment, genuine OEM spare parts, and service to food processing facilities as part of its commitment to offering the most extensive, high quality, and efficiency-focused products to its customers. 

“Alfa Laval’s reputation in the industry is built on impeccable quality and service, and we’re honored to be both an Alfa Laval Master Distributor and now an Alfa Laval Authorized Service Provider,” says Devon Vogel, Vice President of Customer Solutions at Nelson-Jameson. “The company is a tremendously valuable strategic partner to Nelson-Jameson and to our dairy and food processing customers.” 

Alfa Laval Master Distributor Retreat 2023

Nelson-Jameson’s President Mike Rindy, VP of Customer Solutions Devon Vogel, and Service & Repair Department Manager Curtis Hardy attend the Alfa Laval Master Distributor Meeting.

Alfal Laval was founded in 1883, originally as the AB Separator company and has been a leading  process technology innovator ever since. While Nelson-Jameson’s Authorized Service Provider designation from Alfa Laval is new, the two organizations have been longtime collaborators in servicing the dairy industry.  Nelson-Jameson distributes Alfa Laval’s food processing-related products, including heat exchangers, pumps, and valves. In addition to distribution, Nelson-Jameson is also recognized for its ability to service, maintain, and provide training on these same products. 

“We are delighted to include Nelson-Jameson in our roster of Master Distributors and Authorized Service Providers,” says Zino Lappas, US Sanitary Food & Pharma Manager at Alfa Laval. “Not only does it take our longstanding business relationship to a new level, but it’s always a pleasure to work with an organization that shares our same dedication to the success of our employees, customers, and communities.”

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Nelson-Jameson Expands Training Capabilities with Launch of Expanded Facility

The Wisconsin space will operate as a Service & Repair Workshop and Training Center


MARSHFIELD, WI – November 01, 2023 | Nelson-Jameson, a leading food processing distributor for the dairy industry, announces the launch of its newly expanded Service & Repair Workshop and Training Center in Marshfield, Wisconsin. The company has long maintained an “education-first” philosophy and currently offers equipment repair and service training to suppliers and customers. The new facility more than doubles its existing space to a total of 1450 square feet and includes both in-person and virtual training capabilities. 

“Nelson-Jameson has operated over its 75+ year history by putting customers first,” says Mike Rindy, President of Nelson-Jameson. “The ongoing training and education we provide is one of our proprietary value-add benefits, and we’re excited to enhance our service and training capabilities even further with the new space.” 

The facility has been designed for future service growth as well as educational opportunities. Nelson-Jameson will host its own training workshops on topics such as valve, pump, and plate heat exchanger maintenance; tech training; and safety training; and will develop custom workshops for individual customer needs. The company will also open the Service Training Center to suppliers to conduct partner-supported training workshops within the expanded Service & Repair area. The new space includes upgraded virtual technology features to facilitate connections between customers, suppliers, and service teams across the nation. 

Nelson-Jameson has plans to expand Service & Repair Workshops and Training Centers in other locations in the future, including its new Jerome, Idaho Strategic Distribution Center. Its employees often travel between locations, and multiple workshops will give them the flexibility to seamlessly provide training and repair at each location. 

“We’re designing our spaces, training programs, and workshops to benefit our customers and suppliers across levels and job functions, including maintenance managers, engineers, quality assurance and safety managers, and corporate leaders,” adds Rindy. “It fills a void in the dairy industry, and we are excited to share our expertise with our community.”

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