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JULY 25, 2007
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NASHVILLE - Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner James Neeley announced that Perdue Farms in Monterey, Tennessee, was chosen to receive the Commissioner’s Award of Excellence for Workplace Safety. The award was given today at the 30th Annual Tennessee Safety and Health Congress held at the Gaylord Opryland in Nashville.

The Commissioner’s Award honors Tennessee employers and their employees who together have achieved a required number of hours worked without experiencing a lost workday case and have maintained total injury and illness incidence rates below the national average. The number of hours required is based on the size of the company.

”Perdue Farms has shown a strong commitment to workplace safety and health by meeting the criteria for this award, which are challenging,” said James Neeley, commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development.

Perdue Farms employs approximately 1,900 people in Monterey, Tennessee. The facility qualified for the Commissioner’s Award by working more than 15,014,034 man hours without either a lost time or restricted duty incident, going back to 2003. The plant has continued to work safely and is currently at 16,853,554.  

”Our associates work hard to ensure a safe work environment and I am pleased to see their efforts recognized in this way,” said Jeff Beckman, Director of Operations. ”Our safety programs are designed to create a ‘culture of safety’ that involves every associate.  The most important part of creating a safe workplace is the ongoing dedication of our associates who come to work every day with safety top of mind.”

The Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Safety Awards Program is designed to stimulate interest in accident prevention and to promote safety. The program recognizes manufacturing and construction firms throughout the state that achieve and maintain a safe and healthful workplace.

To obtain an application or additional information on the Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health (TOSHA) Safety Awards Program, contact the safety grant manager in Nashville at (800) 325-9901 or (615) 741-5281.

PERDUE® is the #1 brand of fresh chicken in the Eastern United States.  Ranked third in sales in the poultry industry, Perdue Incorporated is a leading international food and agriculture business providing quality products and services to customers in more than 70 countries. Privately held and family-run for three generations, the company employs more than 22,000 associates and partners with more than 2,400 independent farm families– all who share in the commitment to quality that has guided the company since its founding in 1920. For more information, visit®

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