Celebrating 35 Years

DuPont News, October 2, 2012
El Paso employees and retirees celebrated their 35th anniversary on August 21.


Surf and Turf
Ellen Kullman

DuPont Chair & CEO Ellen Kullman recently joined nearly 200 DuPont employees, retirees, and other invited guests to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the El Paso, Ill., plant. The El Paso Plant is the North American hub for production of herbicides to support Crop Protection.

During her keynote address, Ellen thanked the employees for their contributions.

“The El Paso Plant has been an important part of DuPont’s success over the years, and it is vital to our future success because of the key role that you play in supporting our initiatives of feeding the world,” she said.

Local government officials praised the site for its many years of being a good neighbor in the community, for providing secure jobs for its residents, and for giving back to the community.

“I believe the single most important attribute the El Paso team has demonstrated is the ability to stay focused on those things which you alone could control and influence,” said George Poe, Crop Protection global supply chain director.  “In doing so, you have helped create your own future, became a role model for excellence and flexibility to respond to changing customer needs and positioned yourself to be a key site for our future.”

During the anniversary celebration, the site also presented a DuPont Community Fund grant to the El Paso Public Library and sponsored a food drive to support the El Paso Food Pantry, a non-profit organization that helps provide for the needs of more than 100 families.   

El Paso employees had the opportunity to interact with Ellen during a town hall meeting and a roundtable lunch discussion. 

“Our roundtable lunch with Ellen was great,” said Larry Stotts, operating technician. “We asked her a lot of questions about the future of our company and she was very open and responsive. We really enjoyed our visit with her.”