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CONTACT: MILISSA REIERSON
(615) 741-2257 (O)
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MAY 25, 2005
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NATIONAL PEN RECEIVES COMMISSIONER’S AWARD OF EXCELLENCE
NATIONAL PEN WORKED 4.9 MILLION HOURS WITHOUT INJURY

NASHVILLE - Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner James Neeley announced that National Pen Corporation in Shelbyville was chosen to receive the Commissioner’s Award of Excellence for Workplace Safety.

The Commissioner’s Award honors Tennessee employers and their employees who together have achieved a required number of hours worked without experiencing a lost workday case and have maintained total injury and illness incidence rates below the national average. The number of hours required is based on the size of the company.

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.

Commissioner Neeley today presented the award to National Pen at the facility on Shelbyville Mills Road. National Pen is a major direct selling specialty company doing business primarily through the mail order channel of distribution. The facility employs 525 people. They have worked since November of 1999 without a lost time injury accumulating more than 4.9 million man hours.

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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