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JULY 27, 2005
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NASHVILLE - Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner James Neeley announced that Fleetguard Inc. was chosen to receive the Commissioner’s Award of Excellence for Workplace Safety for the safety record achieved in its Cookeville, Tennessee, facility.

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 Fleetguard Cookeville plant has worked since December 17, 2004, without a lost time injury.

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 Commissioner’s Award to Fleetguard Inc. at the 28 th annual Tennessee Safety and Health Congress and Exposition held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville. Fleetguard’s Cookeville plant also received the Commissioner’s Award in 2004.

"This award represents a great accomplishment in workplace safety for Fleetguard Inc.," said Neeley. "The teamwork between employees and management at this facility has shown precise attention to safety and health matters. We are proud to honor this facility once again."

Fleetguard Cookeville Plant Manager Frank Westbrook accepted the Commissioner’s Award of Excellence on behalf of the facility. “I am very proud of our employees for this monumental and historic accomplishment,” Westbrook said. “It reflects our dedication to getting the job done with a total commitment to safety. A safe and healthy working environment has always been our top priority at Fleetguard, and we are very pleased to have exceeded our safety goal and to receive this prestigious recognition for our work.”

Fleetguard Inc. is a wholly owned business unit of Cummins Inc. and the world's leading designer and manufacturer of heavy-duty air, fuel, hydraulic and lube filtration, chemicals and exhaust system technology products for diesel and gas powered equipment. Fleetguard cares about maintaining a cleaner, healthier, and safer environment. Going beyond compliance, Fleetguard proactively seeks improvements to products and processes and offers environmentally friendlier product choices for all major engine systems. Fleetguard's homepage on the Internet can be found at In North America, customers can call Fleetguard® Customer Assistance at 1-800-22FILTER (1-800-223-4583) for more information.

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.

Note: Photos are available upon request.

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