The Maschhoffs Honors Melissa Diericks With 2019 Core Values Award

Carlyle, IL (Nov. 29, 2018) — Each year, The Maschhoffs recognizes a team member for living the company’s Core Values in his/her daily actions. The Core Values award is a prestigious honor that recognizes the outstanding commitment of a single individual. The 2019 Core Values winner is Farm Manager Melissa Diericks. 

Dr. Scott Stehlik, General Manager of the Technical Operations Region, notes that Diericks has gone above and beyond in her duties, which includes the management of two sow farms in the Louisville, Ill. area. Her farm’s production metrics are outstanding, which is a direct result of her leadership in teaching and training her team to provide excellent pig care. Just as important, her commitment to people is a shining example for the entire company.

“Melissa believes in training her team, allowing for individual ownership, and ensuring accountability to expectations,” Dr. Stehlik notes. “She conducts monthly biosecurity and safety walks around her farm looking for gaps and opportunities to make the farm better and safer for people and pigs.”

In addition to her people and pig excellence, Diericks has led a number of community outreach projects in the Louisville area. “She has taken it upon herself to give back to the local community in a selfless manner that promotes team engagement and philanthropy,” Dr. Stehlik says. “She truly represents the Tech Ops’ philosophy of ‘People Caring About People.’ We are lucky to have her as a member of the Tech Ops team!”

President Dr. Bradley Wolter notes Diericks embodies The Maschhoffs Core Values, which are:

  • PEOPLE AND PARTNERS: We value and respect our employees and partners.
  • GOOD ANIMAL HUSBANDRY & SUSTAINABILITY: We are committed to providing the best care of our animals and nature's resources.
  • INNOVATION: We are dedicated to business innovation and continued improvement through knowledge and discipline.
  • CUSTOMER FOCUS: We strive to continually exceed the expectations of our customers.

“Melissa’s actions and behaviors reinforce those Core Values each and every day,” Dr. Wolter notes. “Melissa is a passionate Farm Manager who is a phenomenal teacher and leader, not just for her team, but for the entire company.”

About The Maschhoffs® - Progressive Farming. Family Style.

The Maschhoffs, LLC is a hog production company headquartered in Carlyle, IL. The company has over 100 years of hog production experience, and is the largest family-owned hog producer network in North America, with nearly 215,000 sows and market hog production sites in 9 states. The company has approximately 1,200 employees who, along with more than 500 independent farm partners, focus on creating environmentally and economically sustainable hog production systems.  Each year, the company raises enough hogs to provide pork to more than 16 million consumer households.  Visit for more information.