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Rutherford County Businesses Earn Safety Awards

Rutherford County Economic Development Commission is proud to recognize Rutherford County business recipients of the NC Department of Labor Safety Awards presented Thursday, April 17 at the Cleveland/ Rutherford Safety Awards Banquet at the LeGrand Center.

The NC Department of Labor Safety Awards Program recognizes private firms and public agencies throughout the state that achieve and maintain outstanding safety records.  The program is designed to stimulate interest in accident prevention and to promote safety in the workplace by providing an incentive to employers and employees to maintain a safe and healthful workplace.  To qualify for an annual safety award a firm must have had no fatalities at the site during the calendar year for which the award is given and must have maintained either a perfect safety record for that year, or an incidence rate at least 50 percent below the average for its particular industry group.

There are two award levels distributed – gold and silver.  Gold Awards are based on the DART case rate or cases with days away from work, restricted activity or job transfer.  The Silver Award is based only on cases with days away from work. 

Gold Awards Winners from Rutherford County were:
  • First Year - Abercrombie Textiles, LLC
    • Milliken & Company, Golden Valley Plant
    • NC Department of Commerce, Division of Workforce Solutions, Forest City
    • Rutherford Life Services, Inc
    • Rutherford County, Maintenance / Recreation Department
    • Rutherford County Taxation Department
  • Second Consecutive Year
    • Appling Boring Company, Inc
    • Crellin, Inc
  • Fifth Consecutive Year
    • Trelleborg Coated Systems US, Inc, Rutherfordton Facility
  •  Eighth Consecutive Year
    • AGI In Store
  • Ninth Consecutive Year
    • Lakeside Mills, Inc
    • Rutherford County, Personnel
  • Fourteenth Consecutive Year
    • The Timken Company, Shiloh Plant
A Million-Hour Award went to Milliken & Company, Golden Valley Plant for completing Five Million Hours with No Lost Time Accidents.  George Russell, Milliken & Company, HR Director for Golden Valley Plant accepted this prestigious accomplishment on behalf of the team at Golden Valley Plant. 

The mission of Rutherford County Economic Development is to retain and recruit new jobs and stimulate investment in the county.