Even so, Ettinger acknowledges there needs to be more progress. "While we did not meet our aggressive [energy reduction] goal, the last five years have given us additional knowledge about reducing energy usage. We will be establishing a new goal from 2012 to 2020 that reflects this insight."
Progressive Processing is not the only Hormel Foods facility to get LEED certification. This year, the corporate headquarters' north addition, in Austin, Minn., also received LEED gold certification.