June is recognized each year as National Safety Month – an initiative led by the National Safety Council. It’s a time for organizations of all types to focus on reducing workplace injuries and minimize dangers overall. Victaulic takes workplace safety very seriously, and we are proud of an exceptional track record promoting a safe work environment.
Our commitment to safety was highlighted recently during the May 3-5, 2016 IndustryWeek Manufacturing & Technology Conference & Expo when Victaulic’s Forks facility was honored as a 2015 IndustryWeek Best Plant. This award honors outstanding manufacturing plants committed to improving quality, reducing cycle times, forging partnerships with their suppliers and customers – in short, creating cultures of excellence that deliver outstanding performances and continue to seek the next opportunity to improve.
Victaulic joined seven other North American facilities receiving this honor – for a complete list of winners, click here.
“The facilities chosen this year reflect the dynamic world-class manufacturing community in the United States,” said Patricia Panchak, Industry Week editor-in-chief, in a statement. “Their drive for continuous improvement in all phases of their operations is a testament to the commitment of their managers and employees to combine talent, technology and operational excellence to meet the needs of demanding customers here and around the world.”
Mentioned in our IndustryWeek Best Plant feature article was our 82% reduction in OSHA-recordable injuries over the past eight years. Achieving this milestone included robust training and education, as well as significant capital investments in new lifting equipment, conversion of all heated auto-pour furnaces to unheated cold boxes, and installing air conditioned control rooms on the melt and pour decks. Victaulic’s new BOGU foundry safety coat, a collaborative effort between Victaulic management, employees and external vendor partners, reflects our drive to not only make employees safer, but more comfortable on the job.
As a global organization, Victaulic remains committed to achieving world-class safety excellence across our facilities around the world with the support of executive leadership and a strategy of creating a safe working environment for our employees.
Victaulic was previously recognized for manufacturing and safety excellent by Plant Engineering as a 2014 Top Plant.
About IndustryWeek Best Plants Awards
Established in 1990, the IndustryWeek Best Plants Awards annually salutes outstanding North American manufacturing facilities. It recognizes plants that are on the leading edge of efforts to increase competitiveness, enhance customer satisfaction, and create stimulating and rewarding work environments. The program’s additional purpose is to encourage other manufacturing managers and work teams to emulate the honorees by adopting world-class practices, technologies, and improvement strategies. Learn more here.