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CONTACT: MILISSA REIERSON
DECEMBER 15, 2006
(615) 741-2257
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WOLVERINE TUBE, INC. RECEIVES GOVERNOR'S AWARD OF EXCELLENCE
COMPANY QUALIFIED BY WORKING MORE THAN 200,000 MAN HOURS WITHOUT INJURY

NASHVILLE - Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner James Neeley announced that Wolverine Tube, Inc., in Ardmore was chosen to receive the Governor’s Award of Excellence for Workplace Safety and Health. Wolverine Tube, Inc., manufactures copper tubing and heat exchangers, employing 85.

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.

“This is the second Governor’s Award for Wolverine Tube,” said Deputy Commissioner Bob Henningsen, who presented the award today on behalf of Governor Bredesen at the company’s facility at 30500 Railroad Street. “Receiving their first Governor’s Award last year, the facility has again qualified for the award by working more than 200,000 man hours since August 22, 2005, without a lost time or restricted duty incident.”

Chip Manning, President and CEO of Wolverine Tube, Inc., said, “We are excited and honored to receive the Governor’s Award of Excellence for the second year in a row. I would like to personally congratulate our Ardmore employees for their commitment and dedication to maintaining excellence in our safety program. Each member of the Ardmore team exemplifies our commitment to the concept of safety and productivity going hand in hand.”

The Wolverine Tube, Inc., Ardmore facility recently passed, and celebrated, one million hours worked without a lost time accident.

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.



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