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CONTACT: MILISSA REIERSON
October 1, 2004
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Cleveland Company Receives Workplace Safety Award
Maytag Cleveland Cooking Products gets Commissioner's Award of Excellence

NASHVILLE - Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner James Neeley presented Maytag Cleveland Cooking Products the Commissioner's Award of Excellence for Workplace Safety and Health. The presentation happened earlier today at the manufacturing facility in Cleveland. The award is given to Tennessee employers whose employees work a certain number of hours without having an injury resulting in days away from work. The number of hours required is based on the size of the company.

"This award represents an enormous accomplishment in workplace safety for Maytag Cleveland Cooking Products," said Neeley. "Both employees and management at this facility have shown careful attention to safety and health concerns. They should be proud of their accomplishments as the award requirements are very challenging."

The approximately 2,300 employees of Maytag Cleveland Cooking Products have worked more than one million man hours without a lost-time injury. Their site total case injury rate (TCIR) is fifty percent of their industry average. Maytag Cleveland Cooking Products is the largest employer in the Cleveland region.

The Cleveland site manufactures all residential cooking products for Maytag, which includes freestanding ranges, slide-in ranges, cook-tops, wall ovens and recreational vehicle cooking units. The principal brands include Jenn-Air, Maytag, Magic Chef and Amana.

"Safety is a matter of culture at Maytag Cleveland Cooking Products," said Larry Jones, manager of Safety, Security and Health Services for Maytag Cleveland Cooking Products. "We have always worked to ensure employee safety, but in June 2002 our efforts were greatly enhanced by the implementation of a plant-wide safety strategy. I credit this strategy, as well as the safety-driven focus of our employees, with the safety achievements at our Maytag location. At Cleveland Cooking, we have an informal theme that states, 'safety is no accident.' We take it very seriously. Safety is for our associates, but it is made possible by our associates."

Maytag Cleveland Cooking Products was formerly the cooking products site and company headquarters for Magic Chef, Inc. Maytag purchased the facility in 1986, at which time the local site was renamed.

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