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CONTACT: MILISSA REIERSON
AUGUST 10, 2005
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PERFORMANCE PIPE RECEIVES VOLUNTEER STAR AWARD
THE COMPANY WORKED MORE THAN FOUR YEARS WITHOUT INJURY  

NASHVILLE — Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner James Neeley announced that Performance Pipe in Knoxville, Tennessee, was chosen to receive the Volunteer STAR (Safety Through Accountability and Recognition) award.

The Volunteer STAR award is the state’s highest honor for workplace safety and health and a nationally recognized program. The main object for participation in the STAR program is the improvement of a company’s safety and health program, which helps reduce accidents and injuries. Since STAR facilities have demonstrated exemplary safety processes in the workplace, the program allows employers to be removed from programmed compliance inspection lists for a period of three years.

A certificate of recognition is awarded to the STAR recipient, as is a flag that can be flown at the site. Recipients are also permitted to use the Volunteer STAR logo on its correspondence and company documents.

Performance Pipe’s Knoxville plant manufactures polyethylene pipe used in natural gas distribution lines. The facility has not experienced a recordable injury in more than four years.

John Winkler, administrator of the Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration (TOSHA), today presented the STAR award to Performance Pipe at the facility located at 10420 Lexington Drive.

For more information on the Volunteer STAR award program, contact TOSHA’s Consultative Services office at (800) 325-9901.

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