Sanderson Farms on Thursday was named by Forbes magazine as one of America’s Best Large Employers for 2022.

The list ranks the top 1000 employers in the U.S. across 25 different industry sectors in two categories, large employers and mid-size employers.

“This honor would not be possible without the overwhelming support of our employees,” Sanderson Farms chairman of the board and CEO Joe F. Sanderson Jr. said. “For over 75 years, generations of employees and growers have supported this company and built it to the heights of success we enjoy today, and I only wish the generations of my family that preceded me in leadership could witness all that our employees have accomplished over the last seven and a half decades.”

“While most would identify our company as operating in the chicken business, we have long believed we are truly in the people business,” Sanderson Farms president and COO Lampkin Butts said. “It would not be possible for the company to ship our chicken products to customers and consumers across this nation and around the globe without engaged and dedicated employees and growers, which is why we dedicate all available resources to ensuring our people have what they need to fulfill their chosen potential in all aspects of life.”

To assemble the list, Forbes partnered with market research company Statista to conduct an independent and anonymous online survey of 60,000 Americans working at companies with more than 1000 employees. In addition to nominating other companies in their respective industries, respondents were asked to rate how likely they would be to recommend their own employers to friends and family.

Sanderson Farms’ press release can be found here.