Sara Lee Food and Beverage Receives State Award for Outstanding Safety and Health Record
Company Achieves Nearly Eight Years Without a Lost Time Accident
15, 2006 – The Sara Lee Food and Beverage Traverse City facility
received the CET Platinum Award today from the Michigan Occupational Safety
and Health Administration (MIOSHA) for an outstanding safety and health record.
The MIOSHA program is part of the Michigan Department of Labor & Economic
Lee Food and Beverage has logged an unprecedented nine million work hours and
nearly eight years without a lost time accident! This is the first Platinum
Award presented by MIOSHA in almost four years.
Director Doug Kalinowski presented the award to Randy Tucker, Plant Manager;
Neal Jones, President & Business Agent, Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers
& Grain Millers International Union, Local 81; and the Joint Safety Committee.
“It is a distinct honor
to present the Platinum Award to one of Traverse City’s outstanding corporate
citizens,” said Kalinowski. “Your record of nearly eight years and nine million
work hours without a lost time accident is an astounding success! Your commitment is proof that focusing on safety up front is
a sound business decision.”
The MIOSHA Consultation
Education and Training (CET) Division recognizes the safety and health achievements
of Michigan employers and employees through CET Awards, which are based on excellent
safety and health performance. The CET Platinum Award recognizes an outstanding safety record
of 250,000 - 7,500,000 continuous hours worked without days away from work based
on the employer’s size and type of business.
“This award truly represents
the commitment that every single Traverse City employee has toward their personal
safety and that of their co-workers. It is a remarkable achievement! This clearly
demonstrates the high level of manufacturing competence that exists in the Traverse
City plant,” said Tucker.
The award presentation is
part of the company’s annual Service Awards Banquet. This year's banquet recognized
Sara Lee employees who celebrated 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 and 35 years of service
during calendar year 2005. A review of their "class of 2005" revealed
a combined service of 1,775 years. Representatives from Sara Lee Food and Beverage
Headquarters Supply Chain, local plant management, and Traverse City plant Safety
Committee members participated in the event.
Greg Appleton, Vice President-Safety
and Environmental for Sara Lee Food and Beverage Supply Chain relayed his congratulations:
“Safety has been a core value for all Sara Lee Facilities. The Traverse City
Plant is no exception. The recognition of the plant’s receipt of the CET Platinum
Award reflects the hard work of all the employees. Best wishes and enjoy your
Sara Lee’s outstanding safety
and health record came from several areas, including: significant employer
commitment; an active safety and health committee; a written and implemented
safety and health program; hazard identification and corrective action; and
regular safety and health training. They also use outside consultants, including
the CET Division of the MIOSHA program.
The core members of the
Joint Safety Committee include: Mike Myers, Chief Steward and Process Support
Specialist, Shipping/Receiving; Dan Bristol, Local 81, Vice President and Master
Mechanic; Bob Besore, Local 81, Member at Large and Process Support Specialist,
Production Maintenance; Scott Pryde, Environmental/PSM Manager; Charlie Kinzel,
PE, Electrical Controls Engineer; Bob Allen, Maintenance Manager; Bill Pratt,
Technical Services Manager; and Suzi Anderton, Environmental Health & Safety
620 employees, the Traverse City plant manufactures frozen baked and unbaked
pies, premium HiPies®, unbaked pie shells, cream and meringue-topped pies, parfait
dessert cups, quiche, and unbaked cheese cakes. They purchase over 39
million pounds of flour, and their most popular pie flavors are apple and cherry
– where they use around 22 million pounds of apples and 7.3 million pounds of
Lee Food & Beverage is the leading North American retail food division of
Sara Lee Corporation (NYSE: SLE). Based in Downers Grove, Ill., SLF&B develops
and sells many of the world's favorite high-quality baked goods, meats and coffee.
Leading brands and products include Sara Lee fresh breads, frozen desserts
and deli meats, Hillshire Farm lunchmeats, Jimmy Dean sausage
and breakfast foods, Ball Park franks and the Senseo single-serve
coffee system that uses the Douwe Egberts brand of European-style premium
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