FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: MILISSA REIERSON
JANUARY 17, 2006
(615) 741-2257 (O)
 
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DENSO MANUFACTURING ATHENS TENNESSEE, INC., EARNS SAFETY AWARD
COMPANY BECOMES STATE’S 22 ND VOLUNTEER STAR SITE

NASHVILLE - Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Deputy Commissioner Bob Henningsen announced that Denso Manufacturing Athens Tennessee, Incorporated (DMAT), was chosen to receive the Volunteer STAR (Safety Through Accountability and Recognition) award.

The Volunteer STAR award is the state’s highest honor for workplace safety and health and a nationally recognized program. The standard for participation in the STAR program is the confirmation of a company’s safety and health program which helps reduce accidents and injuries. The program also allows employers to be removed from programmed compliance inspection lists for a period of three years.

“Denso has a remarkable safety history,” said TDLWD Deputy Commissioner Bob Henningsen, who presented the STAR award to DMAT today at the company’s facility, 2400 Denso Drive, Athens. “The evaluation criteria for this award are ambitious, and Denso has worked conscientiously to meet and exceed the standards the award requires.”

For the period from 2001 to 2004, the site’s Total Case Incidence Rate is 72 percent below the industry average; Days Away from Work and Restricted Activity and /or Transfer Case Incidence Rate (DART) is 58 percent below the industry average.

Denso Manufacturing Athens Tennessee, Inc., President Makoto (Mark) Hori said, "On behalf of our associates, I am very proud to receive this honor today. I believe that this recognizes our excellent work force and their continuous commitment to safety."

A certificate of recognition is awarded to the STAR recipient, as is a flag that can be flown at the site. The company is also permitted to use the Volunteer STAR logo on its correspondence and company documents.

Denso Manufacturing Athens Tennessee, Inc., manufactures advanced automotive components. DMAT manufactures oxygen sensors, spark plugs, ignition coils, monolithic carriers, fuel injectors, air flow meters, and fuel rails. The facility employs approximately 900 full-time employees, 150 temporary employees, and 20 contractors.

In 2005 Denso received the Commissioner’s Award of Excellence for workplace safety, also part of the department’s Safety Awards program.

For more information on the Volunteer STAR award program, contact TOSHA’s Consultative Services office at (800) 325-9901.


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