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1:1 with Jim Stutelberg, CEO

19 December 2023

Primient CEO Jim Stutelberg shares his perspective on standing up a new business and the potential he sees as we write our next chapter together as Primient.


A Pioneering Legacy

Primient is proud to carry our A.E. Staley Manufacturing Company legacy forward into its next chapter, maintaining many of the priorities Gene Staley set for his operations 100+ years ago – commitment to produce the best products in the industry; an entrepreneurial spirit that drives teams to continuously improve, innovate and move forward with agility; and a commitment to partnership which extends to our customers, communities, and most importantly our people.


Building a New Business from the Ground Up

Standing up a new business is challenging work, but we have made great strides and I continue to be impressed with our teams across the business who are driving us forward – really setting a new standard for quality, reliability, and service up and down the value chain.


My Highlights

A few highlights for me as I reflect on 20 months as Primient:


  • A Winning Culture: Our House of Primient culture was built by our teams for our teams. From our purpose and vision to our guiding principles and core values, we provide opportunities for our people to weigh in, share feedback, and leave their mark on how we will shape Primient together. We also intentionally left space to evolve and grow alongside our business.
  • An Operating Model with Operational Excellence at its Core: One of the first initiatives we took on as a new organization was revamping how we set and track our goals, key initiatives, and progress with a particular focus on how we problem solve along the way. We adopted an operating model with employee ownership at every level. We encourage our people to think like owners. The Primient Operating Model provides a framework which supports not only our day-to-day opportunities and priorities, but also ladders up to our annual performance and strategic initiatives.
  • A Capital Investment Plan for a Growth Leader: Our capital investment plan is clear and ambitious. We are investing heavily in our facilities and our people, positioning Primient to deliver the most reliable, highest quality products and service for decades to come.


Looking Ahead

As I look to what is next on the horizon for Primient – the message is simple, continuing to unlock our potential through our planned investments to modernize and grow the business across our proven portfolio of expertise and solutions, providing best-in-class reliability and customer service for our long-standing customer partners.


We are also leaning into the evolution of bio-based solutions. Our technical expertise, production assets, and industry and academic partners are all levers we have for taking best in plant-based ideas from bench to commercial scale in record time.


The future is bright for Primient, and I am excited by the promise and potential we are building together.