National Hog Farmer

John B. Swisher, the Founder of JBS United,

SHERIDAN, IN, September 1, 2010 – John B. Swisher, the Founder of JBS United, Inc., was awarded one of Indiana’s highest honors. The “Sagamore of the Wabash Award” was presented to Mr. Swisher by Indiana’s Lt. Governor, Becky Skillman during the company’s annual shareholder meeting held in Indianapolis on Monday, August 30th.

The Sagamore of the Wabash is an honorary award that was created by the state of Indiana in the late 1940’s. The term “Sagamore” was used by the Algonquian-speaking American Indian tribes of the northeastern United States to represent either their tribal chiefs or a great man the chiefs would look to for wisdom and advice. The Wabash is the "State River" of Indiana and a major tributary of the Ohio River. Each Indiana governor chooses the recipients of the Sagamore of the Wabash award and presents it in their own way.

The Sagamore of the Wabash award is a personal tribute given to those who have rendered distinguished service to the state or to the governor. Past recipients of the award include astronauts, presidents, ambassadors, artists, musicians, politicians, and citizens who have contributed greatly to "Hoosier" heritage (a Hoosier is a native or resident of Indiana).

Mr. Swisher was very surprised and excited to receive this award, stating, “It is a great honor, and in particular to have it presented by the Lt. Governor. I truly appreciate this significant award.” Don Orr, JBS’ President was present for the award presentation and praised Mr. Swisher stating, “In his 54 years of leadership at JBS United, John has significantly contributed to a vision for our company and the agribusiness industry. Additionally, John is a mentor to Hoosier producers and beyond in animal nutrition, pork production and the grain business.”

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, dairy and poultry producers worldwide. For more information, visit the JBS United website at


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