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Shafer strengthened his abilities to
overcome challenges and achieve by taking
another trait from his father. He understands
the need to surround himself with people that
offset his own fundamental weaknesses. He
learned from his dad to build the right team
of people.
" Put the work ethic in there and I think it's
an unbeatable combination, " Shafer said. " You
get the right team of people, and you show
them that you'll do what they'll do and lead
the way. That becomes very contagious with
an organization, and they just jump in there
and go. "
Through avian influenza, fires and floods,
Shafer and his teams have overcome all
challenges and disasters, natural or otherwise,
they've faced. A flood at a Broadway, Va., WLR
Foods chicken plant put 8 feet of water into
the production area and left about 2 to 3 feet
of mud once it receded. On a Friday, Shafer
told his managers to gather 50 or 60 employees
with shovels and meet him at the plant the next
day. People at the site, including some from
corporate, believed the plant would be down
for weeks, maybe months.
" The president of the company at the time
showed up and he said, 'It's bad isn't it, Walt?' "
Shafer said. " I said 'yes.' He asked what I
thought, and I said, 'Well, today is Saturday.
We'll be running by Tuesday.' "
The gathering of people looking at the mud
thought Shafer might have been delusional in
his assessment. He borrowed a shovel from
one of the hourly employees and spent 10
minutes clearing out a 10-by-10-foot square of
mud, then sprayed the square with a hose until
it was clean concrete. Shafer communicated
to the team the power and impact of all 60 of
them working to clear a 10-by-10-foot piece at
a time.
" I watched that team over that weekend,
and every time they'd get a square clean, you
could see confidence growing, " Shafer said.
" You could see the tide turning. Long story
short, we had the plant running on Tuesday
morning and no one believed we could
do that. "
The way Shafer and his team worked
through the flood is just one example of
how the poultry processing veteran attacks
problems with the belief that a solution
always exists.
" There isn't any issue we can't overcome, "
he said. " That's just the way we go about
things, and that's what drives me. "
THE ROAD TO FREMONT
Shafer held many positions in the industry
before and after the flood at WLR Foods. At the
end of his grunt work in his teen years, he was
told an understanding of the numbers would
Opposite: Walt Shafer,
Operations Executive of
the Year, shows off Costco's
famous rotisserie chicken.
Below: Shafer has always
preferred to work in
the plant and being on
the production floor.
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