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General Mills plant manager moves on
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Originally from Illinois, Cindy Hultine has lived all over the country working for General Mills.

Hultine began her career with General Mills 15 years ago as a second shift team leader in Iowa, and seven years ago she came to Covington as plant manager.

Recently she was promoted to the position of General Mills supply chain director for South America and South Africa.

"Over the next couple of months I'll be visiting all the different locations as part of my orientation," Hultine said.

On Jan. 7, she will begin her orientation tour in Venezuela. General Mills has a plant in Venezuela and Brazil, two in Argentina and one in South Africa.

Hultine said Argentina is the only country she has visited previously.

Even though she is managing some overseas operations for General Mills, the position is based in Miami.

"It was kind of a unique opportunity to work in international operations and still be domestically based," Hultine said. "Plus, I'm very interested in foreign markets and international relations. It's just a unique opportunity."

 While working as the plant manager in Covington, Hultine saw building expansion because of growth as well as the implementation of several cutting-edge technologies.

She worked closely with the city of Covington to install waste water treatment equipment to make the plant more eco-friendly.

Hultine said the best part of working for General Mills and what she will miss the most about Covington are the people.

Approximately 400 employees work at the Covington plant.

"I've just had the pleasure of working with great people at the plant as well as in the community," Hultine said.

Mark Bible, who has worked at the Covington plant twice before, will return to the area as plant manager. Bible will transfer from General Mills in Milwaukee.