About Us

About Us

Our Story

Quality Pork Processors, Inc. is a privately held fresh meat processing company located in Austin, Minnesota  which was founded by Richard Knight on June 19th, 1989. Nate Jansen is our current CEO. 

We currently employ over 1,300 people and are very proud to be well diversified both in race and gender. We offer full-time employment on two production shifts with a weekly guarantee. 

We celebrated our 30th Anniversary in 2019 and in our thirty year history we have had no layoffs. Over 150 people, with over 500 years of combined experience in the fresh pork business, have chosen management careers with us. 

QPP has one of the best safety records in the industry, and we put the safety of our people as priority #1.

Employee Benefits Are:

  • Medical insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Optical insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Supplemental life insurance
  • Nine paid holidays, effective immediately upon hire
  • Paid vacations begin after one year of service
  • Short-term disability insurance after one year of service if injured or sick outside the plant
  • 401K plan (after one year) of service with a company contribution
  • Credit union loans and savings available through payroll deductions

What Else Does QPP Offer?

  • Hot food cafeteria service
  • Advancement opportunities--Many of our management team started in production

Where is Austin, Minnesota?

Austin is located in Southern Minnesota near the Iowa border. Austin has a population of over 23,000. It is 1 1/2 hours south of Minneapolis/St. Paul and 40 miles west of Rochester, Minnesota. The community of Austin has a lot to offer-- a 2-year college and technical school, a large YMCA, nice shopping malls, large city pool with water slide, new middle school with Olympic sized swimming pool, four elementary schools and a completely renovated high school with two gymnasiums. Austin has three large grocery stores, a community theater, nice downtown area, many different denominational churches (including a Catholic high school and elementary schools), and a new library.

Founder and Former CEO

Richard Knight, Founder & Former CEO

Richard Knight was born and raised in Rockford, Illinois. He graduated from the University of Illinois in 1956 with a Bachelor's of Science in Agricultural Economics. He was employed by Swift & Company, a meat packing corporation, for 31 years.

In 1987 he started his own custom meat operation, Quality Pork Processors (QPP), in Austin Minnesota which he retired from in 2000. Knight and his wife Kathrine, married for 55 years, bought a farm in Sauk County in 1979 and have five children and ten grandchildren. Knight was the Chairman of the Plan Commission for Excelsior Township since its formation in 2006. 

Knight passed away on August 2nd, 2016. 


KELLY WADDING

OWNER

NATE JANSEN

PRESIDENT/CEO/OWNER

MEL GILBERTSON

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF OPERATIONS/OWNER

KEN KAY

VICE PRESIDENT OF FINANCE/OWNER

Management Team