by Mark Whittington | May 12, 2018
After more than 80 years of providing nutritious, affordable eggs across America, Rose Acre Farms is celebrating the service of more than 220 employees who have worked at the company for over 20 years. Twelve of those honored have been with the family-owned company for more than 40 years.

Many of these long-term employees, including CEO Marcus Rust, started caring for hens when they were children growing up on the Indiana farm where the company started. Through the years, those dedicated individuals have been an invaluable resource to Rose Acre’s purpose-driven mission in supplying protein rich food to our communities across the nation.

From the early beginnings in the late 1930s, Rose Acre Farms has been proud of its integrity and excellence. “Happy employees who stay with you produce good work,” said 63-year veteran employee and family matriarch Lois Rust. “It’s gratifying to see how our family business has flourished. We never could have done it without the care and devotion of the people we’ve grown to love.”

Here is a list of 12 individuals who have served Rose Acre for over four decades. A compilation of all 224 employees with more than 40-years of service can be found on

Lois Rust

(63 years)

Ralph Long

(43 years)


(51 years)

Steven Shannon

(43 years)


(47 years)

Randy Wasson

(43 years)

Ruth Hendrix

(46 years)

Robert Ayers

(42 years)

Eugene Gibbs

(45 years)

Larry Zalabak

(40 years)

Marcus Rust(CEO)

(43 years)

Deloris Everrode

(40 years)

Rose Acre is the second largest egg producer in the United States, employing more than 2,000 people and operating 17 facilities in Arizona, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Kansas, North Carolina and Georgia.

In 2013 the company launched a multi-million dollar 30-year effort to refit its facilities to cage-free standards. In 2018, Rose Acre donated $200,000 for a new animal science complex on the nearby campus of Purdue University at Lafayette, Indiana.



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Rose AcreTM Recipe of the Month

Omelet-Stuffed Peppers
  • 2 bell peppers, halved and seeds removed
  • 8 eggs, lightly beaten 
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar
  • 2 tbsp. finely chopped chives, plus more for garnish
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly cracked black pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 400°. Place peppers cut side up in a large baking dish. Add a little water to the dish and bake peppers for 5 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, beat together eggs and milk. Stir in bacon, cheese, and chives and season with salt and pepper.
  3. When peppers are done baking, pour egg mixture into peppers. Place back in the oven and bake 35 to 40 minutes more, until eggs are set. Garnish with more chives and serve.
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