Smithfield Foods is reorganizing its pork production group, which will now be called Murphy-Brown's Company. Jerry H. Godwin will serve as president and chief operating officer of the group. Godwin previously was president and chief operating officer of Murphy Farms. Ronald G. Brown, former president of Brown's of Carolina, will become president of a new division that will combine Brown's and Carroll's Foods hog operations. F.J. "Sonny" Faison, former president of Carroll's, will become a vice president of the new group.

Smithfield founded Brown's in 1991, then acquired Carroll's in 1999 and Murphy Farms in 2000. Together they produce 12 million hogs per year, about 12 percent of the hogs raised in the United States.

"Combining these three great companies will produce extraordinary synergies and opportunities," Godwin says. "Substantial cost savings exist in the areas of transportation, logistics and purchasing. Most importantly, by consolidating the operations of the three companies, we will create a deep and diversified management group working together with greater effectiveness."

Smithfield Foods also is the largest pork processor in the world and a major processed meats company. The company is the only major pork processor that has combined with hog raising operations in a vertical integration strategy.

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