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CONTACT: MILISSA REIERSON
SEPTEMBER 13 , 2005
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DELL INC.’S EASTGATE FACTORY RECEIVES GOVERNOR’S AWARD OF EXCELLENCE
FACILITY WORKED NEARLY 4 MILLION HOURS WITHOUT LOST-TIME INJURY

NASHVILLETennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner James Neeley announced that Dell Inc.’s Eastgate Manufacturing facility in Lebanon was chosen to receive the Governor’s Award of Excellence for Workplace Safety and Health.

The Governor’s Award honors Tennessee employers and employees who meet a required number of hours during a calendar year without workplace injuries serious enough to cause an employee to miss a day of work or restrict his normal job activities. The number of hours required is based on the size of the company.

“The evaluation criteria for the Governor’s Award are demanding,” said Neeley. “Achieving the required level of safety shows Dell Inc. is strongly committed to maintaining a safe and healthy workplace. It’s a tribute to the company that its employees work to sustain such a notable safety record.”

Dell Inc.’s Eastgate facility, which has more than 1,500 employees, assembles computers and other electronic equipment. The facility has worked since December 2004 without a lost-time injury under TOSHA regulations and has accumulated nearly 4 million hours in the process.

“Safety is a foundation for everything we do at Dell,” said Stephen Cook, director of manufacturing operations at Dell. “Our employees hold each other accountable to ensure we have the safest environment possible. This award is a testament to their diligence and focus on safety.”

Department of Labor & Workforce Development Deputy Commissioner Bob Henningsen today presented the Governor’s Award to Dell employees at the facility, located at 6850 Eastgate Blvd. in Lebanon.

The 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) 741-528.

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