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2013 Inductee:

Timothy J. Howald
Chairman & CEO of Tweet/Garot Mechanical, Inc.  

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Tim Howald recently stepped down from his position as President of Tweet/Garot Mechanical, Inc., a role that he has held since 1984.

During his tenure as President, Tweet/Garot grew from an average annual employment of 50 construction workers to over 400 workers, and from a revenue position of $6 million dollars to over $80 million dollars in sales in 2012.

However, he is most proud of the growth and success of his management team, as well as all fabrication shop and field workers, at Tweet/Garot over that time frame. And, he is justified in proudly acknowledging the tremendous success of their safety program.

Tim’s first significant effort in the area of safety was hiring a full-time safety director in 1991, far ahead of most other contractors of similar size at that time. Next was the creation of a Zero Injury Environment, where all efforts were directed at prevention and all employees were challenged to keep themselves and their co-workers safe every minute of every day.

Tim credits the “relentless” safety dedication of Tweet/Garot employees in keeping each other, as well as their customers, safe. Initiating stretch and flex programs more than fifteen years ago (which are still utilized today), creating a Safety Advocate program to broaden the reach of their safety department, and constantly updating incentive/reward programs has been paramount to their success.

Tim is a staunch advocate of construction workers taking pride in their profession, being proud of their achievement and the vital roles that they play, and always includes personal safety and responsibility in that discussion.

Tweet/Garot has worked more than 10 years, since 2002, and 7 million manhours without a lost-time incident.


The following Individuals have been inducted in past years:





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Mike Swenson
Former President/CEO
Northern States Power Company-Wisconsin; Xcel Energy, Inc.
Jim Leef
ITU, Inc.
Curtis Hoppestad
Global Director
Riding Lawn Equipment
John Deere Horicon Works
Jerry Ryder
InSinkErator Division, Emerson Appliance Solutions





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Mark Glendenning
President and CEO
Inland Label and Marketing Services
Robert Cervenka
Founder, Chairman and CEO
Phillips Plastics Corporation
Dale Schuh
Chairman, President and CEO
Sentry Insurance
John Baumann
Colony Brands, Inc.




 Brad Rosenwald
Vulcan Chemicals
Tom Boldt
The Boldt Company
 Erroll Davis
President and CEO
Alliant Energy/Wisconsin Power and Light Company

























In 2001, the Wisconsin Safety Council established the Wisconsin Safety Hall of Fame to recognize high achievement and encourage progress toward a safer and healthier Wisconsin. It symbolizes the Council’s commitment to safety and health.

An individual is inaugurated into the Wisconsin Safety Hall of Fame annually. The recipient is a chief executive officer (CEO), president, or other high-level operating official of an organization that has distinguished itself over a period of years for outstanding achievements in workplace and off-the-job safety and health, community service, environmental stewardship, and responsible citizenship.

The Wisconsin Safety Hall of Fame is a tribute to professionals whose dedication, leadership and achievements have significantly impacted the safety and well-being of not only their employees, but Wisconsin as a whole, throughout the years.

Purposes of the Wisconsin Safety Hall of Fame:

  • To honor an individual whose appreciation of and concern for humanity, safety and health serves as an inspiration to others.
  • To formally acknowledge the Wisconsin Safety Council’s respect for consistent actions and achievements.
  • To congratulate and thank an outstanding leader whose enlightened efforts on behalf of employees and community maintain society’s commitment to the dignity of all people.
  • To acknowledge an individual’s achievement.

Nomination and Selection Criteria:

To be considered for the Wisconsin Safety Hall of Fame, an organization and its leader should have a superior record in advancing safety and health practices within their organization and industry that is consistent with the stated purposes, objectives, and mission of the Wisconsin Safety Council.

The Wisconsin Safety Council is the state’s leading provider of workplace safety training and programming. Founded in 1923, WSC is a division of Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce and the proud state chapter of the National Safety Council.

For more information, contact Janie Ritter, WSC Director, 800.236.3400.