FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: MILISSA REIERSON
JUNE 16, 2006
(615) 741-2257
 


SMURFIT-STONE RECERTIFIED FOR WORKPLACE SAFETY
COMPANY EARNS THIRD RECOGNITION

NASHVILLE - Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner James Neeley announced that Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation in Lewisburg has earned recertification for 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.

“Smurfit-Stone has the distinction of being the state’s first Volunteer STAR recipient, and I am honored to announce their second recertification this year,” said Deputy Commissioner Bob Henningsen, who presented the award today to Smurfit-Stone at the company’s facility in Lewisburg. “The company clearly has a strong commitment to workplace safety and has had only one recordable incident in the last three years.”

Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation, formerly Mead Containerboard, became Tennessee’s first Volunteer STAR site in 1997. In 2000 the facility was recertified; 2006 marks the second recertification. There are currently 24 Volunteer STAR sites in the state.

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.

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.

Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation manufactures corrugate and solid fiber boxes. The facility employs 87 people.

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



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