Johnsonville goes One Year Without an Injury

On March 10, 2016, WSC and NSC celebrated with Johnsonville Riverside recognizing their 365 days without an injury.

ORBIS – Menasha Celebrates 18 months OSHA Recordable Free

ORBIS – Menasha recently celebrated 18 months recordable free, a new record streak within the structural foam plants throughout the business. ORBIS, a manufacturer of reusable packaging, focusing mainly on pallets, top caps, and containers, for internal and external customers in headquartered in Oconomowoc, WI with plants world-wide.

By providing a full circle approach to safety and health, with programs that include ergonomic training on day one of employment, behavior based safety coaching, around the clock care and support from a Licensed Industrial Athletic Trainer and wellness initiatives that target the issues affecting employees specifically to our plant, they are able to consider each individual as a whole person, rather than just an employee. Their relentless and continued efforts have created a culture where safety is the most important aspect of their business, because without their employees, servicing their customers is impossible.

Brian Mirr, Membership and Customized Training Coordinator – Wisconsin Safety Council, was on hand on June 10, 2015 to present a plaque for their accomplishments.

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Sentry Equipment Corp. Celebrates 16 Years without a Lost Time Accident

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SENTRY EQUIPMENT CORP., Oconomowoc, an employee-owned company, recently celebrated 16 years without a lost time industrial accident.   Sentry engineers and manufactures custom components for collecting representative samples of steam, liquid, gas, slurry and bulk solids.  Sentry attributes this safety milestone to quality people, state-of-the-art facility and management’s commitment to Safety.  Pictured are 1st and 2nd shift shop employees including Rick Steinke, VP Manufacturing, Matt Mosesson, Production Manager and Brian Baker, President & CEO.


Universal Die & Stampings Achieves 1 Million Hours Without a Time Lost Injury

UniversalDieandStampingsUniversal Die & Stampings, of Prairie du Sac, recently achieved 1 million hours and 18 years without a lost time incident. Janie Ritter, Director of WSC, was able to present Universal Die & Stamping with a recognition plaque on April 14, 2015 during a company celebration. Universal Die & Stampings is a global quality manufacturer of precision metal stampings and metal transfer belts.


InPro Corporation Reaches 1.1 Million Hours Without a Time Lost Injury

InProCorpInPro Corporation, headquartered in Muskego, WI, recently celebrated 1.1 million hours without a lost time injury. WSC Director, Janie Ritter, presented the InPro Safety Team with a recognition plaque on January 5, 2015 during an all-staff recognition celebration. InPro is a global manufacturer of door + wall protection systems, washroom systems , expansion joint systems, privacy systems and architectural signage. Recently, InPro Corporation’s JointMaster® expansion joints were used in extensive overhaul of the iconic Citrus Bowl renovation.


Multiple PolyOne Corporation  Locations Celebrate Safety Achievements


For the first time, PolyOne’s Sheboygan Falls Facility has reached one year OSHA recordable free and six years since the last lost work time incident. This facility boasts the following components: An on-site industrial athletic trainer, approximately 25 safety committee members that meet monthly, monthly safety employee driven audits, lean manufacturting and ergonomic assessments for all machine centers.


PolyOne’s Portage 2 Facility has gone one and a half years OSHA recordable free and five years without a lost work time incident. This facility includes an on-site industrial athletic trainer, monthly safety meetings with all supervisors and employees and ergonomic assessments for all machine centers and lean manufacturing practices.


Poly One Corporation, formerly known as Spartech, in Ripon was recently presented with a certificate by the Wisconsin Safety Council for their achievement of one year being OSHA recordable free. The Spartech Custom Sheet & Rollstock and Packaging Technologies businesses have become a new specialty business segment at PolyOne – Designed Structures and Solutions (DSS). Within this new segment are: Custom Engineered Structures – formerly Spartech Custom Sheet & Rollstock and Packaging Solutions – formerly Spartech Packaging Technologies.


Tailored Label Products, Inc. Celebrates 10 Years without a Lost Time Accident”

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Tailored Label Products, Inc., a custom label and die cut adhesive manufacturer in Menomonee Falls, recently celebrated 10 years without a lost time industrial accident. TLP’s engineers high-performance labels, advanced die cut adhesives, and complex prototypes; prints labels, tags, and prototypes using a combination of flexographic, inkjet, thermal, and digital printing; converts and die cuts finished products; and offers a wide array of coating materials. TLP attributes this milestone to their dedicated employees, Continuous Improvement Actions program, its accountability audits, wellness programs, company-wide commitment to safety from the top-down, and all other measures it has in place to ensure the safety of all its employees. Pictured are Brian Mirr, WSC (left); Mark Little, Production Manager (center) and Jeff Kerlin, President & COO and Co-Owner,(right) both of Tailored Label Products, Inc.


Sonoco Products – Wausau Achieves 10 Years without an Injury

Sonoco Logo Employees of Sonoco Products – Wausau have set a new safety performance record working ten (10) years injury free as of 7/23/13. The Wausau facility is located in the Wausau West Business and Industrial Park. The facility employs 80 people. Production employees operate metal stamping equipment to manufacture aluminum, steel and peel-off membrane closures for composite and steel containers. During the past decade, the employees have worked more than 1.6 million hours without an OSHA recordable incident.

According to Dina Martin, the Plant Manager, the employees have a willingness to work together and take responsibility for their own safety as well as the safety of their co-workers.

A special celebration to recognize this impressive milestone was held at the plant on Tuesday, July 30th. It was a day of congratulations, gifts, and a great meal. Sonoco is a global packaging company based in Hartsville, S.C.

Brian Mirr, WSC Membership & Customized Training Coordinator, traveled to Wausau to present a plaque for their accomplishment at a July 30 celebration.

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Foremost Farms USA’s Appleton Plant Achieves 2 Million Hours without a Lost-Time Injury

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The 136 employees at Foremost Farms USA’s Appleton, Wis., plant achieved 2 million hours without a lost-time injury on June 24. The hours have been clocked since Sept. 8, 2004. The Appleton plant produces more than 130 million pounds of mozzarella cheese annually.

Foremost Farms USA – Appleton credits its success to a cultural approach rather than procedural driven safety, citing excellent communication between the management team and production employees combined with ongoing training and taking action when safety issues arise.

Janie Ritter, WSC Director, traveled to Appleton to present a plaque for their accomplishment at a July 11 celebration.

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Grande Cheese Company Celebrates 1 Million Hours … And Counting

Grande Cheese Company LogoThe Wisconsin Safety Council was honored to tour and attend a celebration at the Wyocena facility where they celebrated achieving 1 million hours without a lost time injury… and counting. The three-day celebration included a presentation to recognize their achievements, safety posters, apparel, and a variety of specialty foods made with Grande cheese. There was also a dedication for an outdoor gazebo to recognize all associates in their continued safety efforts. The health and safety of all Grande Associates is of paramount importance.

WSC Director Janie Ritter presents Award to Phil Bono of Grande Cheese Company Wyocena Associates of Grande Cheese Company pose with their achievement banner
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their celebration shirts

Miles Kimball Company Celebrates 5 Million Hours Worked Without a Lost Time Accident

Cake, fruit and t-shirts were part of a celebration of a significant milestone for Miles Kimball Company. Team members of the company have worked 5 million hours since their last lost time accident which occurred in May of 2008.
“The team should be extremely proud of their accomplishments” stated Jim Eckberg, Facilities and Safety Leader. “Team member involvement and a proactive approach to safety promotes a safety culture that is continuously improving the work environment and reducing risk”. “Everyone takes ownership for their actions while looking out for each other” commented Casey Hintz, Safety Committee Leader. “No one is afraid to point out an unsafe behavior or situation, and that allows for quick corrective action for improvement.”
In April of 2012, the Wisconsin Council of Safety awarded Miles Kimball an “Excellence in Safety” certificate for the 2011 calendar year for their outstanding safety record and programs. “We hope to build upon these two great accomplishments while continuing our main goal of ensuring that each and every team member returns home safely at the end of their shift” added Kelly Dakins, HR Generalist.

Miles Kimball Company located in Oshkosh, a subsidiary of Blyth, Inc., is a multi-channel merchant with brands including Miles Kimball, Walter Drake, Exposures, Easy Comforts, and As We Change.

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Johnsonville Celebrates 1 Million Hours

The Wisconsin Safety Council was honored to tour and attend a celebration at the Johnsonville campus in Sheboygan Falls this week where they celebrated achieving 1+ million hours without a lost time injury at their Meadowside facility. Members (what they call their employees) enjoyed a full day of festivities including a presentation to recognize their achievements, photo collages of why safety is important to each employee, prizes, apparel and a grand cookout. Their celebration coincided with June is National Safety Month – a great way to kick off this important month!

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If your company wishes to celebrate a milestone with WSC, please contact Barb Deans at 608.661.6940.

Advanced Safety Certificate Recipients


Awarded on January 26, 2017

Dan Beverly, Team Lead
Ariens Company

Awarded on October 17, 2013

Tom Addy ASC Recipient Scott Jones ASC Recipient Dave Klitzman ASC Recipient
Tom Addy, Manager, EHS
Milk Specialties – Global
Scott Jones, Field Operations Safety
Manager, TCI Architects/Engineers/
Contractors Inc.
Dave Klitzman, Safety Coordinator
Assistant, Kerry Inc.
Leonard Kluge ASC Recipient Patty Massick ASC Recipient Paul Rasmussen ASC Recipient
Leonard Kluge, Safety Administrator
Ho Chunk Nation
Patty Massick, Safety Coordinator,
K & S Tool & Die Corporation
Paul Rasmussen, Health & Safety Administrator,
Toro Company
Kent Walton ASC Recipient ASC Recipient Group Oct 17 Ron Zeihen ASC Recipient
Kent Walton, Director of Operations, North Region
Ron Zeihen, NAHES Specialist,
ABS Global

Awarded on August 15, 2013

Mark Dubiel ASC Recipient Mike Mirenda ASC Recipient
Mark Dubiel, EHS Specialist, Cree Mike Mirenda, Safety Coordinator,
ATI Ladish
Kevin Morin ASC Recipient Bruce Solberg ASC Recipient
Kevin Morin, HSE Technician,
Cummins, Inc
Bruce Solberg, Safety Coordinator,
Chart Energy & Chemicals

Awarded on May 15, 2013

Thom Wielgus ASC Recipient
Thom Wielgus, Compliance Director,
HG Meigs LLC

Awarded on January 31,

Tyler Canapa, Continuous Improvement &
Safety Coordinator, Glenroy, Inc.
Gary Northcutt, Equipment Specialist 1,
Scientific Protein Laboratories, Inc.
Dave Oksnee, Regional Safety Coordinator,
Municipal Electric Utilities of Wisconsin

Awarded on October 18, 2012

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Photo of Rhonda Jenkins
Annette Eigenberger, Production Manager, Sargento Foods Inc. Mary Geniesse, Safety & Continuous Improvement Manager, Glenroy, Inc. Rhonda Jenkins, Safety & Health & Environmental Training Facilitator, S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
Photo of Bob Knoll

Photo of Cindy Luker

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Bob Knoll, Technical Leader, Fox River Fiber Co. Cindy Luker, Occupational Safety & Health Specialist, Zablocki – VA Medical Center Mike Lutz, HR/Training Manager, Milsco Redgranite
Photo of Colin McCulley Photo of Jim Muggler Photo of Ken Schmidt
Colin McCulley, Production Supervisor, Sargento Foods Inc. Jim Muggler, Safety Manager, Kerry Ingredients & Flavours Ken Schmidt, Safety Coordinator, Kerry Inc.
Photo of Jeff Skinner Photo of Gene Vesperman
Jeff Skinner, CPO, CSS, CLSS, Occupational Safety & Health Officer, Ho-Chunk Casino Gene Vesperman, Training Officer, Wisconsin Resource Center

Awarded on August 13, 2012

Ron Zeihen, North American Health & Safety Specialist, ABS Global Ann Mulvaney, Safety Representative, John Deere Jose Montoya, Health & Safety Manager, Maynard Steel Casting Company