Lilly Named Chamber President

Posted 2 years ago

By Micheal Clements

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After a nationwide search, the St Joseph Chamber of Commerce announced today a former St Joseph City Manager will lead the organization.

Patt Lilly was named the chamber president today. Lilly will end work at Triumph foods on March 8th and start work at the Chamber on March 11th.

Former chamber president Ted Allison Resigned last August to return to Oklahoma. Senior vice president Steve Hamilton served as the interim president.

Lilly previously served the Chamber as president and CEO from 1996 to 2006.


  • concerned resident

    So now that he his President again what other company is he going to bring in to harm our city now that little Mexico (Triump Foods) is here don’t get me wrong I would love to see a ton of jobs come to town but not the BUS loads of mixed people we need to hire locally not bus people from all over the country and bring in the less Desireable’s like Triump Foods did just saying

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    • WOW

      Hey concerned, I work in the gang at the plant and dont see many of the cultures you are talking about on the booking report. Most of the “locals” dont last because they would prefer to get something for nothing instead of working for it.

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      • just sayin

        You don’t see what the bus loads of migrant workers brought to town to work there? When the ICE came to town and 70 illegal undocumented workers were taken away that were working at the plant you didn’t see the buses pull up to replace them. You must work on the floor of the plant or in the freezer side because for those of us in the offices we see alot more than you realize. You don’t know about the land lords that get the rent for their slums paid by Triumph so the bussed in workers have a place to live? Then theirs Grace House that has a history with Triumph to get them the items they need to set up house in St. Joseph so that the workers can make it. And as for locals not working because they want freebies well that’s a bunch of crap too. I am not saying that the hispanics, sudanese and other migrant workers are all bad but I can tell you that my experience is they feel entitled for their employment and they should learn the language, laws and be legal to work here. And not every local citizen is a dirt bag lazy welfare recipient either. There are good people in this world and bad just depends on your character, work ethic and integrity. But why recycle the same people through the offices that we have that is what is wrong with this city their is no vision for growth only the same 20 people rotating positions. It’s rediculous, find new blood with new ideas. St. Joseph is stuck in a rut with no economic growth except for low paying wages fast food, motels. Why don’t you research the parent company of Triump, Seaboard Farms and see what they are all about. See what their plants have done to other cities that they have came to. Promises of higher wages and great benefits for locals but then the buses come rolling in. Think about it American Citizens are becoming the minority in this country.

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        • maken bacon

          At triumph foods I can say in reply to your comment we are their slaves and most don’t even realise it. Mr. Wow here must be getting paid to pretend that the doesn’t see the cultures. And most of the “locals” have a hard time getting on have you seen the orientation classes there may be 35 people that get hired that week 10 may be local the other 25 are brought in. IF THE LICALS ARE THAT LUCKY

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          • maken bacon

            Most of the locals don’t last also because trainers and supervisors are busy doing one of two things 1st: they forget they have a new hire that speaks any English because they’re aren’t many of them so the new hire relies on the people around them to train them but fail to be trained because the “local”moral is so low that they show the trainee enough to get by or just continue to do it themselves. The locals give up. Or let’s not forget #2: the supervisors are to busy being caught up “chasing tail” from their employees that work under them on there line and everyone knows it and yet nothing gets done local moral gets even lower. ( just one example)

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          • maken bacon

            Just imagine the turnover rates. there is so much that you are oblivious too apparently and so much that just gets swept under the rug like the comment above said there are good and bad people but not everyone that is local that doesn’t last shouldn’t be considered a low life. Its so frustrating to be in a place has no morals and cares only about making the most money they can off your cheap labor

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          • maken bacon

            After this I’m done I hope that something can be done to bring in more local people that deserve a decent playing job like what was promised when this place first opened. The people that are being brought in most are honestly some really great people that come from really bad places and are trying to make a living the only way they can or know how just like you and I they do deserve to have a chance and the “American dream” ya see we all were immigrants (technically illegal) at one time unless you were born American Indian so shut it about illegals

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  • WOW

    Hey John, check your spellingon the title.

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  • http://facebook Terry Murphy

    REALLY! That’s the best you can do.

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