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JBS United’s John B. Swisher Receives Business Leader of the Year

SHERIDAN, Ind., November 11, 2009 – JBS United, Inc. Founder, CEO, and

Chairman, John B. Swisher, was awarded the 2009 Business Leader of the Year Award by the

Indiana Chamber of Commerce. The award was presented to Swisher on November 10th at the

Chamber’s 20th Annual Awards Dinner in front of more than 1,200 business, civic, and political

leaders. This is the first time in the Indiana Chamber of Commerce’s history that a business

person from the agricultural industry has been recognized for this prestigious award.

At the young age of 26, John B. Swisher founded United Feeds with only $25,000 in

borrowed capital and a new idea - to sell swine feed directly to producers using an educated

sales staff. Today, his small swine feed company, now JBS United, Inc., has grown into an

innovative animal nutrition technology company with a wide range of proprietary products and a

global reach. His vision was to focus on the customer and improve their business by supplying

valuable information and quality products, and he succeeded in achieving that goal.

The company’s commitment to providing customers with advanced, high-quality

products led JBS United to become one of the largest swine research organizations in the

world. The company continues to build on this reputation today by continually and aggressively

pursuing new technologies and seeking partnerships to develop the next generation of

innovative animal nutrition products. JBS United, Inc. is now a prosperous company with

approximately 400 employees, nine feed mills, eight grain terminals and four research farms

throughout the United States and worldwide. Its areas of expertise rest in research-based

animal nutrition products, livestock production, grain merchandising and environmental

consulting services.

Mr. Swisher was surprised and humbled with the receipt of this award. He stated, “I have

always been guided by my principles and my desire to improve the swine, poultry, and other

agricultural industries. It has been very rewarding to make the contributions I have and to

witness the successes it has brought to my company. I am deeply honored.”

Swisher’s other achievements include being named the Ernst & Young National

Entrepreneur of the Year (2004), the Ernst & Young Indiana Master Entrepreneur (2004),

recipient of the Agrivision Award from the Indiana State department of agriculture (2009), as

well as being inducted into the Central Indiana Business Hall of Fame (2007). In 2009, he was

honored as the first recipient of the John B. Swisher Annual Leadership Award for exemplifying

extraordinary leadership qualities and making an outstanding contribution to the advancement

of the swine industry. He has served on the Boards of Directors of the Indiana Pork Producers

Association and the 4H Foundation, and he has contributed to many local communities and

organizations through both his time and his monetary donations. Those organizations include

various local universities and schools, Junior Achievement, the Indiana FFA, First Responders,

the Lion’s Club, the American Cancer Society, the Indiana State Fair and many more.

About JBS United

Since its founding in 1956, JBS United, Inc. has been dedicated to providing research-based

solutions to enhance animal nutrition and livestock production profitability. The company

provides products to swine, poultry, and dairy producers worldwide. For more information, visit

the JBS United web site at