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loosing everything

Interlachen, FL

#1 Nov 11, 2009
bo pilgrim should be striped of all his wealth and have the monies distributed to the employees and growers he has destroyed. bo pilgrim should be left pennyless, all assets sold, he does not deserve to be a wealthy man, wait a second, he is not a man he is a mouse for the things he has done to his fellow man. what a real piece of S#IT he is.
No Faith In Big Business

Alachua, FL

#2 Nov 11, 2009
I agree, his actions are no different than Bernie Madoff, he stole from people who put trust in him, employees trusted they would have a job with security and benefits, growers put trust in him when they borrowed millions in thier grower operations to prodce the product he made millions off of. The United States Attorney General should do an invesgation into Pilgrims Pride. I am sure there are some Federal Violations the company has broken, and maybe Bo and Bernie will be cell mates.
Growers Friend

Gainesville, GA

#3 Nov 12, 2009
I totally agree but those farmers who have a lawsuit against Pilgrim's will be fighting this in courts from now until you know what freezes over. They will go bankrupt while he sits in his mansion. It is not fair at all. The judges should hurry this up to get some relief for these people. Why is it that the working people never get a break?
CEC

Dallas, TX

#4 Nov 16, 2009
First, it losing, not loosing...

Bo Pilgrim is by far the most honorable man I have known. Circumstances beyond his control caused the bankruptcy. It was a "perfect storm" of unimaginable force with the energy costs last year spiraling out of control, the Russian government disallowed any imports of meat (Russia was Pilgrim's Pride largest foreign customer, US demand for chicken falling at an unprecedented rate, etc.

Remember, he built this business from nothing and over the past 50 years it was a growing concern. Any one of the large circumstances would not have put his company into bankruptcy but all together combined to wreck havoc.

It's strange behavior to see such vicious reactions to a most honorable man who was the most generous person just because one year out of 50 the fate turned against him. Is there anyone who is perfect? Oh yes, some of us believe there was but he was put to death over 2,000 years ago.
loosing everything wrote:
bo pilgrim should be striped of all his wealth and have the monies distributed to the employees and growers he has destroyed. bo pilgrim should be left pennyless, all assets sold, he does not deserve to be a wealthy man, wait a second, he is not a man he is a mouse for the things he has done to his fellow man. what a real piece of S#IT he is.
CEC

Dallas, TX

#5 Nov 16, 2009
You claim that Bo Pilgrim is no different than Bernie Madoff? That is a very strange and totally inaccurate analysis. Bernie Madoff never invested any of his client's money, only used it personally; Bernie was a thief and liar. Bo Pilgrim successfully ran a growing business for over 50 years in which he put his entire resources. Remember, he was the largest stockholder by far. His losses are far greater than anyone else.

No one is perfect but he did a far better job than most anyone else could have under the circumstances. These criticisms are just sour grapes for whatever reason and have no basis in fact.
No Faith In Big Business wrote:
I agree, his actions are no different than Bernie Madoff, he stole from people who put trust in him, employees trusted they would have a job with security and benefits, growers put trust in him when they borrowed millions in thier grower operations to prodce the product he made millions off of. The United States Attorney General should do an invesgation into Pilgrims Pride. I am sure there are some Federal Violations the company has broken, and maybe Bo and Bernie will be cell mates.
Released Grower

High Springs, FL

#6 Nov 16, 2009
Bo is that you?
Are you kidding

Erie, PA

#7 Nov 16, 2009
Bo may have been an honorable man at one time. Now I believe that he is a senile old man that has let other people ruin his business. That does not mean that I do not think that Pilgrim's Pride owes these growers something. Pilgrim's owes them big time. Most of them got into this mess because they believed Bo Pilgrim. Then the idiots took over. Somebody owes these people and mmaybe if Bo is an honorable man, he will see that fact. He should stand up for what is right.
old chicken farmer

Greenville, TX

#8 Nov 17, 2009
Holy cow!! Who was the one that was intent upon being the #1 poultry producer in North America at any cost? I think it was Bo Pilgrim. The acquistion of smaller companies on borrowed money along with the bad management practice of hedging on grain prices led to this bankruptcy. It wasn't the perfect storm, it was a wreck with Bo Pilgrim behind the wheel driving. Another point to be considered is that NO OTHER poultry integrator has gone bankrupt, just Pilgrim's Pride. Bo Pilgrim gambled with alot of people's livlihood. I haven't read anywhere that Bo is having to move out of his mansion like alot of growers are faced with. Bo Pilgrim took risks at the expense of those who made him wealthy. Yea, he should be in the jail cell right along with Bernie Madoff. BOYCOTT PILGRIM'S PRIDE products.
old chicken farmer

Greenville, TX

#9 Nov 17, 2009
You are to judge someone by the fruit they bear. Pilgrim's Pride has violated numerous enviromental laws, immigration laws, labor laws, and has tried to influence legislation with his considerable wealth. As a former grower, I know that we only received the crumbs that fell from Bo Pilgrim's table. Bo's love of money was the root of his evil.
Another Old Farmer

Winfield, IL

#10 Nov 17, 2009
AMEN!! He should be in jail. Growers are going through a living hell right now trying to put their lives back on track, but he is still living in his mansion like a King. He has professed to be such a wonderful Christian, but it sure does not seem that way to me. If he is, he is not a good example to others.
P Oed at Bo

Alachua, FL

#11 Nov 18, 2009
What a bunch of bull "cec" is trying to dish out. His/her last name must be Pilgrim, might even be ole Bo himself trying to make himself look good. I am for sure "cec"never worked in one of Pilgrims Pride plants or grew chickens for Pilgirms Pride. The financial problem with Pilgrims Pride was all self inflicted. Buying companies they can not afford, hedging of grain prices and BAD BAD MANAGEMENT!!!
Bo owned a majority of the shares, chairman of the board, but does not want to accept any part of the blame for the fall of his company, when it was his decision to have a hostil take over of Goldkist and out his company in bankruptcy. Thousands of houly wage people are out of a job now thanks to Bo. Small towns all over America are economically reuined. Hundreds of family farms are in forclosure and being repossesed leaving families homeless thanks to Bo. Meanwhile good ole Bo lives in his million dollar cluckingham plalce. At least he still has a roof over his head. The Federal Goverment should put a freeze on all Pilgrims assets, and disburse them to the people whom he destroyed. Bo wants to hide behind his christian faith, he is no christian, his actions determine that. Rot in hell Bo Pilgrim!!!
Nowaynohow

Longview, TX

#12 Nov 18, 2009
Wow. How far off could these hateful posts be?! Bo is indeed a nice man. I worked for him for only about 6 months, but in that time I came to know a man who was down to earth and very true to his faith.

-however, saying that... If you want to point the finger, be sure it's at the right people. Those that took over did the best they could for us. As someone else said, russia not allowing importing of meat hurt in a big way, as well as grain and fuel costs.

People just dont want to spend the money to pay the costs of producing chicken. If you're going to point a finger, point it at the Government for failing to manage large oil companies properly. Big government is bad, in my opinion; but when you're dealing with a business like oil or food, maybe not... People MUST have oil and MUST have food. When CEO wages and big business oil companies charge out the ass and place blame on everyone else, there needs to be an investigation.

Spend time on oil company analysis rather than worrying about who's using steroids and you'll mess around and solve a real issue.:P (speaking of the government here... back in 2006-2007?)
canceled grower

Saint Louis, MO

#13 Nov 19, 2009
I guess we will see what kind of man bo is. If he does what a decent man would, he will do everything he can to help the growers and the people that lost their jobs, he should pay the buyout agreements that his people signed and agreed to. he should help with training programs to help the thousands of people out of work after years of work for pilgrims pride. Yes I guess we will see what kind of man he really is.
old chicken farmer

United States

#14 Nov 21, 2009
I had a very hard time trying to follow the logic "Nowaynohow" in trying to defend the business tactic that were employed by Pilgrim's Pride which led to their bankruptcy. It was pure "GREED" along with the obession to be the #1 poultry producer in North America that was the driving force that led to this downfall. Tyson, Foster Farms, Sandersons and numerous other integrators all had overseas markets that were curtailed. I repeat once again, NO OTHER poultry integrator went bankrupt during this period of time. AS a matter of fact, Tyson and Foster Farms picked up some of the farms that Pilgrim's Pride have cancelled, thereby saving those farmers from foreclosure. You can make all the excuses in the world for Bo Pilgrim's actions, but the bottom line was the mess was set in motion by Bo Pilgrim's "GREED". I raised poultry for 40 years and never, "NEVER", seen a poultry company act so callous toward it's independent growers. You must remember, it is the investements that growers make in order raise Bo's chickens that made him wealthy. The blunders orchestrated by Bo's company has caused so much pain for so many hard working people. These are not hateful comments, but rather comments on the reality of this particular situation. I will not buy Pilgrim's Pride products and urge others to BOYCOTT PILGRIM'S PRIDE products.
Nowaynohow wrote:
Wow. How far off could these hateful posts be?! Bo is indeed a nice man. I worked for him for only about 6 months, but in that time I came to know a man who was down to earth and very true to his faith.
-however, saying that... If you want to point the finger, be sure it's at the right people. Those that took over did the best they could for us. As someone else said, russia not allowing importing of meat hurt in a big way, as well as grain and fuel costs.
People just dont want to spend the money to pay the costs of producing chicken. If you're going to point a finger, point it at the Government for failing to manage large oil companies properly. Big government is bad, in my opinion; but when you're dealing with a business like oil or food, maybe not... People MUST have oil and MUST have food. When CEO wages and big business oil companies charge out the ass and place blame on everyone else, there needs to be an investigation.
Spend time on oil company analysis rather than worrying about who's using steroids and you'll mess around and solve a real issue.:P (speaking of the government here... back in 2006-2007?)
cut off grower

High Springs, FL

#15 Nov 21, 2009
GREED GREED GREED. I do not see Bo Pilgrim suffering from financial destress, home forecloser, unemployment, Bo may have lost some money on Pilgrims downfall, but he is nowhere near broke, what good is all his money, he can not take it with him!!!!
Nowaynohow

Longview, TX

#16 Nov 25, 2009
You're right. Bo Pilgrim, who is practically retired was the problem. his son, Ken was really in charge.:P

Either way, obcession with being the largest, biggest, best, and number 1 are American concepts. Nothing new. Pilgrim's pride was just doing what anyone in the #1 spot tries to do.

Look at GM. It's easy to blaim the Executives and been green with envy for their money... but in truth it is the government to point the finger at. Pilgrims was doing just fine until this recession.

You can all say it's greed and point your fingers all you want. Doesn't make it any more true. did you all know what was going on behind those doors? I do. Worked very closely to a lot of the Executives in the world headquaters myself. You can sit on the sidelines and boo all you want. Those that were close to the PEOPLE in those offices know what was going on inside. They were looking out for themselves, sure... but also doing their best to work out some kind of solution to avoid firing people and causing problems for anyone else.
I Know Truth

Bellaire, OH

#17 Nov 25, 2009
Nowaynohow wrote:
You're right. Bo Pilgrim, who is practically retired was the problem. his son, Ken was really in charge.:P
Either way, obcession with being the largest, biggest, best, and number 1 are American concepts. Nothing new. Pilgrim's pride was just doing what anyone in the #1 spot tries to do.
Look at GM. It's easy to blaim the Executives and been green with envy for their money... but in truth it is the government to point the finger at. Pilgrims was doing just fine until this recession.
You can all say it's greed and point your fingers all you want. Doesn't make it any more true. did you all know what was going on behind those doors? I do. Worked very closely to a lot of the Executives in the world headquaters myself. You can sit on the sidelines and boo all you want. Those that were close to the PEOPLE in those offices know what was going on inside. They were looking out for themselves, sure... but also doing their best to work out some kind of solution to avoid firing people and causing problems for anyone else.
I am so glad you worked so close to the executives. I would not brag about it if I were you. You need to get out of the "World Headquarters" and see how the people who really MADE this company lived. It sure was not in a mansion. Now some of them don't even have a house anymore. They have lost everything. I don't see any of the Pilgrims or any other top dogs out there hurting in any way. I read the monthly operating report the last few months, and they are all still drawing BIG money. I have no respect for any of them. Pilgrim's Pride would not be a company if it had not been for the farmers out there working HARD to scratch out a living for Bo and family.
former partner hahah

AOL

#18 Nov 29, 2009
Bo is Bo. Get ride of WalT Shaffer,Jane Brookshire and a few others before they can control anything that happens next.
Matt Burns

Dallas, TX

#19 Mar 10, 2012
I know Bo personally. He is a good man. End of Story.
Released Grower

Miami, FL

#20 Mar 11, 2012
Matt Burns wrote:
I know Bo personally. He is a good man. End of Story.
Did Ol'Bo write you one of those $10,000.00 checks for you to post that?

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