In October 2015, the Corporate Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) department hosted Southwire’s annual EHS conference at the newly-opened Courtyard Marriott in Carrollton, Georgia. The event, which was attended by manufacturing plant and customer service center (CSC) EHS representatives, consisted of three days of training in EHS strategy and vision, best practices and regulatory compliance topics.
At the conference, attendees participated in a Q&A lunch session with outgoing President and CEO Stu Thorn where he reflected on his time with the company, offered words of encouragement and shared some of his personal goals for the future. The highlight of the conference was a recognition dinner attended by Southwire leadership in addition to EHS staff. Incoming President and CEO Rich Stinson shared his vision of EHS performance, and Charlie Murrah, Executive Vice President and President of the Energy Division, gave an inspirational keynote address.
The following plants and service centers were recognized and awarded at the conference for their hard work and outstanding achievements in 2014:
The Heflin Plant received the Eagle Award in recognition of its outstanding EHS performance. Heflin is an OSHA VPP (Voluntary Protection Program) Star site and had previously achieved zero-waste-to-landfill status. Heflin did not have any OSHA recordable injuries during 2014. Further, the plant received no environmental, health or safety citations and did not have any reportable environmental incidents during the year.
The Power Cable Customer Service Center (CSC) received the Top Performing CSC award for 2014. Similar to Heflin, the Power Cable CSC is an OSHA VPP Star site, has achieved zero-waste-to-landfill status and did not have any recordable injuries during the year. Also, Power Cable had no EHS citations and no reportable environmental incidents for 2014.
The Tecate Plant received the 2014 Most Improved award. Tecate reduced their recordable incident rate from 3.58 to 1.58—a greater than 50% reduction. Though they are still working to meet their goals, the facility has made significant strides toward achieving zero-waste-to-landfill. Tecate is also certified by the Mexican labor department’s Empresa Segura workplace safety program (similar to OSHA VPP). The facility did not have any reportable environmental incidents and was not issued any environmental, health or safety citations during the year.
TRC Honduras received the 2014 Integration award as the top performing plant integrated into Southwire as part of the Coleman Cable acquisition. Honduras achieved a recordable incident rate of 0.96 for the year and attained zero-waste-to-landfill status. Honduras successfully maintained no EHS citations and no reportable environmental incidents throughout the year.