ST. CLOUD - The longtime Chief Executive Officer of GNP Company is stepping down. Michael Helgeson says his retirement date is November 3rd.

Helgeson started working part-time at the company when he was 10-years-old. He got a full-time job there in 1974.  He's spent the past 21-years as CEO.

Helgeson says the company enjoyed a lot of growth during his tenure, including: expanding the company's Arcadia, Wisconsin operations, and acquisition of a processing plant in Luverne. GNP products are sold throughout the United States.

Current Executive Vice President of Operations and Administration Steve Jurek will take over as CEO.

GNP Company was sold to Maschoff Family Foods back in December.