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Mark Harmon Retires after 30 Years

Posted Friday, February 18, 2011, at 9:42 AM

Congratulations on your retirement Mark!

30-plus years is a long time, especially since most of those years were spent toiling away under difficult time and budget constraints, and in poor working conditions--and that was just on your farm!

For many of us, your career has been a model to follow. Your remarkable contributions and unselfish commitment to Tyson Foods and to the Shelbyville Complex will set the standard for those that follow for many years to come.

You can leave knowing that you have touched the lives of your colleagues in immeasurable ways. Your leadership combined gifts of wisdom, fairness and control that has meant that our jobs have been far easier than they should have been, and we know we did not show our appreciation or offer our thanks often enough.

You have seen so much change in the life of this company, and been such an integral part of it all that it is extremely hard to envision it without you. We will all be sad to see you go, even as we envy your new life in the lap of leisure.

Retirement will be an adjustment but I rest assured in the knowledge that in your indomitable way you will treat it as just another opportunity to grab by the horns and throw a rope on.

It has been my distinct honor and privilege to have worked with you for 11 of the last 30 years Mark. Your commitment to excellence has left a lasting mark on each of us. Please accept my heartfelt thanks for touching our lives in such a positive and meaningful way.

You have been so much more than a colleague and I am proud to call you my friend.

It has been said that an honest answer is the sign of true friendship.

I could always count on you for an honest answer.

Warmest regards,


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You were the best boss I've ever had the pleasure of working with...and that is saying alot since I am now self-employed!

May your retirement bring you many days of contentment fishing by a slow babbling brook, or chasing through the woods after that 12 pointer.



-- Posted by shawna.jones on Mon, Feb 21, 2011, at 3:52 AM

If you got payed what he got payed you might stay but when you dont have to do very much but talk and walk around like all the so called boss's at tyson's why not stay.

-- Posted by airforce one on Mon, Feb 21, 2011, at 7:34 AM

airforce one--

I apologize in advance if I sound curt, but this subject hits a sore spot with me. I was a manager at Tyson Foods for more than three years, working directly under Mark Harmon for two of those years. If you think that all management at Tyson does is "talk and walk around," then it's obvious you lack the cognizance needed to achieve that status for yourself.

Unlike hourly employees, we in management worked more than 8 hours in a day and on Saturdays without the pay benefit of time-and-a-half. And when issues arise involving lawyers, the police administration, etc. it's management's b-tt on the line, not the hourly employee. Everyone answers to someone higher up the chain, and as such has to meet deadlines and the demands of yield and 250,000+ daily kill expectations. Until you've walked [or worked] in someone else's shoes, don't presume to know what their job entails.

-- Posted by shawna.jones on Tue, Feb 22, 2011, at 7:57 PM

Congratulations Mark. I enjoyed the time I worked with you.

Glen Fletcher

-- Posted by glenf770 on Thu, Feb 24, 2011, at 12:12 PM


Congratulations. I enjoyed the time we worked together. We may not agreed at times but it worked out in the end. It is time for you to set back and enjoy life. Again Congratulations from Kathi and I.

Tom and Kathi Taylor

-- Posted by cherokeeeagle on Sun, Feb 27, 2011, at 6:39 AM

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