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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  
CONTACT: MILISSA REIERSON
March 18, 2004
(615) 741-2257 (OFFICE)
 
(615) 308-3705 (CELL)


MANCHESTER COMPANY AWARDED HONOR FOR WORKPLACE SAFETY
COMMISSIONER NEELEY PRESENTS SHARP AWARD TO ENTEC ENGINEERED RESINS

NASHVILLE - Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner James Neeley today awarded the SHARP Award to Entec Engineered Resins of Manchester, Tennessee. The Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) Award is one of the state's highest honors for workplace safety and health.

"The criteria a company must meet to qualify for the SHARP award are demanding. By achieving these standards, Entec has shown they are committed to making Tennessee a safer place to work," said Neeley, in congratulating Entec officials.

The Manchester company is the 12th company to join the select group of Tennessee employers who have participated in the SHARP Award program.

"We are proud of our accomplishment and recognize that each employee made significant contributions to earn this award," said Entec operations manager David Burns. "Total commitment from each person in every department has made this possible and will help Entec to continue to raise its safety standards."

Entec is involved in twin screw compounding of plastic resins. The final product is plastic pellets for the injection molding and extrusion industry. The company was established in 1997 and employs 110 people.

Entec has a Total Lost Workday Injury and Illness (LWDII) Rate for 2002 of 3.6; the industry average is 4.9. The company's Total Recordable Case Rate (TRCR) for 2002 is 7.7, well below the industry average of 9.0.

Designed for the smaller employers (employing fewer than 250) in high-hazard industrial classifications, the SHARP Award program provides incentives and support for companies that are approved for participation.

The main incentive for participation in the SHARP program is the desire by employers to promote a safe and healthy workplace. The program also allows employers to be removed from programmed compliance inspection lists for a period of 12 months. TOSHA consultants work with companies to develop, implement, and continually improve workplace safety and health programs.

Entec is located at 405 Park Tower Drive. Mike Clifton is owner and vice-president of manufacturing.

For more information on the SHARP Award program, contact TOSHA's Consultative Services office at 1-800-325-9901.

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