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MEDIA RELEASE

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CONTACT: MILISSA REIERSON
July 28, 2004
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Owens Corning Earns State Workplace Safety Award

NASHVILLE - Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner James Neeley recently presented Owens Corning of Jackson the Governor's Award of Excellence for Workplace Safety and Health. Neeley presented the award July 28, 2004, at the 27th annual Tennessee Safety and Health Congress and Exposition held at the Opryland Convention Center in Nashville.

"The evaluation criteria for the Governor's Award are demanding," said Neeley. "Achieving the required level of safety shows Owens Corning is strongly committed to maintaining a safe and healthy workplace. It's a tribute to the company that its employees work to sustain such a notable safety record."

The Governor's Award of Excellence for Workplace Safety and Health is given to Tennessee employers who meet the 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.

Owens Corning in Jackson has worked more than 518,000 man hours without a lost-time or restricted duty case, dating back to June 10, 2003. The Jackson plant manufactures glass for residential and commercial roofing mat products and also for specialty glass applications.

NOTE TO PRINT MEDIA: A digital photo of the group accepting his award is available by calling the Department of Labor & Workforce Development Communications Office at (615) 741-2257.

Caption: Saprina Dickerson, Frank Povia, and Marie Haley of Owens Corning accept the Governor's Award of Excellence for Workplace Safety and Health from Jim Neeley (right), commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development, and John Winkler (left), administrator for the Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration (TOSHA) division of the department, at the Tennessee Safety and Health Congress held in Nashville.

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