Gemstone Foods Decatur names two to senior management team

December 22, 2014

Gemstone Foods, LLC, one of the country’s largest custom poultry processors, is pleased to announce that Stites Easterling, Jr., and Tommy Knight have joined the company and will lead the senior management team.

Easterling joins Gemstone as executive in charge of sales, marketing and procurement. He brings with him more than 20 years of hands-on experience in the poultry industry, having spent his entire career with Koch Foods and its Mississippi-based predecessor, B.C. Rogers Poultry Company.

Tommy Knight assumes the responsibility of executive in charge of operations. Knight, who worked with Koch Foods from 2004 until joining Gemstone, has 35 plus years of experience in the poultry industry in various management positions throughout his career. Knight's career also includes 20 years of experience with Tyson Foods and ConAgra. Knight has served on numerous industry boards and holds a bachelor of science degree in poultry science from Auburn University.

About Gemstone
Gemstone Foods, LLC, provides a wide array of custom and specialty poultry processing services tailored to the unique requirements of each client. Services include the custom sizing, portioning, packaging, and/or further processing of poultry and poultry-related items. Gemstone services some of the nation’s largest fast-food restaurants and poultry suppliers.

For more information, contact B.R. Hawkins, communications director, at (228) 671-9065 or by email at