PaperWorks Wabash Mill Reaches Safety Milestone

Nov. 9, 2010 - PaperWorks Industries said that its Wabash, Indiana recycled paperboard mill has a reached a significant milestone in its pursuit of safety in the workplace — over 400 days without a recordable incident.

“I am extremely proud of the progress that the team at Wabash has made over the past two years," said PaperWorks CEO Tom Garland. "The plant has improved in nearly every metric including housekeeping, safer work practices, cooperative labor/management relationships, productivity, workers’ comp costs, and employee morale. To exceed over a full year without a recordable incident is a remarkable achievement, especially considering the historical performance of the site.”

Along with hard work and dedication from the mill's employees, PaperWorks also credits the company’s proprietary SafetyWorks program, a comprehensive multi-level initiative developed in-house to improve safety across its mills.

Chris Wetherford, safety coordinator/continuous improvement manager, noted, “With the help of our employees, we took a look at what worked with our program, what didn't work, and what we could be doing better. It was clear we had the structural tools in place to be safe, but lacked the cultural attitude to successfully implement.

“Our subsequent success is the result of a sincere cultural dedication to being safe — not just doing it because we have to, but because we want to,” he said.

PaperWorks Industries, Inc. is a leading North American integrated full-service packaging provider. Its Paperboard Division manufactures approximately 300,000 tons of 100% recycled paperboard every year for a variety of end uses largely concentrated in consumer products. The company’s Packaging Division is considered a leading innovator in the production of specialized folding cartons, with facilities in the U.S. and Canada.

Founded in 2008, PaperWorks Industries is headquartered in Philadelphia, PA with approximately 1000 employees across 9 North American locations and annual sales in excess of US$325 million.

SOURCE: PaperWorks Industries