WASHINGTON (May 4, 2010)—A total of 55 tire and rubber manufacturing facilities won Safety and Health Improvement Program awards from the Rubber Manufacturers Association for 2010.
The RMA divides SHIP awards into two categories. SHIP Excellence awards denote those facilities that achieve lost workday incidence rates at least 75 percent better than the average of those plants that provided health and safety data to the association. SHIP Improvement awards acknowledge those plants that improve their lost workday rates by at least 10 percent over the previous year and whose rates are the same as or better than the RMA average.
In the tire sector, SHIP Excellence awards went to the Aiken County, S.C., facility of Bridgestone Americas Manufacturing Group; the Goodyear plant in Stockbridge, Ga.; Michelin North America Inc.'s facility in Dothan, Ala.; and three Bridgestone Bandag Tire Solutions facilities, in Griffin, Ga.; Long Beach, Calif.; and Oxford, N.C.
Excellence awards in the Internal Supplier category went to Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. in Findlay, Ohio, and Gates Corp. in Versailles, Mo., and Rockford, Ill. Excellence award winners in the Supplier Sector were Rubber City Machinery Corp., Akron, Ohio; Portage Precision Polymers, Ravenna, Ohio; Trelleborg YSH Inc., Morganfield, Ky.; and three Zeon Chemicals L.P. facilities in Hattiesburg, Miss.; Pasadena, Texas; and Louisville, Ky.
In the Engineered Products Group, Excellence award winners were Blair Rubber Co., Seville, Ohio; Firestone Industrial Products, Williamsburg, Ky.; Trelleborg YSH Inc. in Carmi, Ill., and South Haven, Mich.; and HBD Industries in Marion, Ohio, and Oneida, Tenn.
Gates Corp. and Veyance Technologies Inc. won Excellence awards in five locations each. Gates won at Chambersburg, Pa.; Charleston, Mo.; Galesburg, Ill.; Glade Spring, Va.; and Iola, Kan. Veyance won at Fairlawn, Ohio; Hannibal, Mo.; Mount Pleasant, Iowa; Norfolk, Neb.; and Spring Hope, N.C.