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Elton Maddox named Workhorse of the Year at Poultry Expo
He is president/CEO of Wayne Farms
Elton Maddox, president and CEO of Wayne Farms, is the recipient of the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association's 2016 Workhorse of the Year award. Last year's winner, John Starkey, USPOULTRY president, placed the ceremonial horse collar on Maddox during the award reception on Monday, Jan. 25. - photo by David B. Strickland

ATLANTA — Elton Maddox, president and CEO of Oakwood-based Wayne Farms and a past U.S. Poultry & Egg Association chairman, was named USPOULTRY’s Workhorse of the Year during the International Poultry Expo, part of the 2016 International Production & Processing Expo.

The poultry industry’s most esteemed honor is awarded annually in recognition of dedicated service and valuable leadership given to the association and poultry industry.

Maddox was “collared” with the long-established horse collar by 2015 Workhorse of the Year recipient John Starkey, president of USPOULTRY. He was also presented with a commemorative plaque by newly-elected 2016 USPOULTRY Chairman Paul Hill, of West Liberty Foods.

“We are honored to distinguish Elton with this special award and recognize his many contributions to the poultry industry and the association,” Hill said. “We are deeply appreciative of his enthusiastic and tireless efforts on behalf of the industry.”

A native of Georgia, Maddox received his Bachelor of Science in engineering from the University of Georgia. He joined Wayne Farms in 1974 and has worked in a number of management positions within the company. He is currently president and CEO of Wayne Farms.

In addition, he is a past chairman of the National Chicken Council and the Georgia Poultry Improvement Association, as well as a past president of the Georgia Poultry Federation and the Georgia Poultry Processors Federation. He has served on the USPOULTRY board of directors since 2007.

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