Link Lima Success Story: Bob Evans Farms Foods Opens Its Doors to Perry High School Students

Author: Link Lima/Allen County February 9, 2017

To Bob Evans Farms in Lima, it’s no mystery where their future workforce will come from. Says Christian Stover, Bob Evans’ HR director, “We are attempting to plant seeds of opportunity for the students for future employment. Let’s face it, these students are our future.”

And so, today Bob Evans Farms Foods invited thirty-one Perry High School students to tour their Lima facility, and see the operations where their famous mashed potatoes and macaroni and cheese are cooked and packaged.

Alan Page, the plant manager, spent substantial time explaining to the students the expectations of workers, the opportunities available, an overview of BEF, and why the students should consider working in Lima after graduation. Said Page, “Students need to see that there are tremendous opportunities for workers in the Lima area and Bob Evans is one of those opportunities.  We have a wide range of functions that are needed here at Bob Evans, whether it be floor workers, op managers, or supervisors.”

The students who got to experience the BEF operation up close included Brenna Byrd, Kylyn Collins, Anthony Cook, Adriana Denson, Logan Dray, Modesti Foster, Koby Glover,  Edan Godfrey, Ali Grundisch, Kenija Hall, Kierra Jackson, Jacob Lawrence, Jaren Law, Alex Marcus, Briana McClurg, Breeanna McCoy, Skylar McLandsborough, LaMonte’ Nichols, Chasity Nutt, Jasmine Petaway, Na’Tyjia Petaway. Xavier Reeves, Dyllon Salyers, Jon Sawyer, Dakota Scarberry, Michael Scarberry, Kayla Sibert, Arriyon Simpson, Wanya Smith, Jashon Walton, and KeVonte Watts.

Says Linda Hoerston, the students’ school counselor who escorted them on the BEF tour, ““My goal is that students will walk away with clarity on the expectations needed to be successful in a job. It is important to give students a first-hand view of the opportunities that are out there to accomplish future goals that they might have. This experience did exactly that for my students.”