CMMA Recognizes Members for Safety Commitment

Ithaca, MI – The Central Michigan Manufacturers Association (CMMA) recognized three member companies with their first annual safety awards at their quarterly meeting held April, 30, 2015, at Aircraft Precision Products in Ithaca, MI. Open to all CMMA members, the program recognizes manufacturers that have a commitment to excellence in safety.

“This year’s winning companies provide world-class safety environments that deliver each of their employees the highest commitment to safely returning home at the end of each work day,” said Jim Shoemaker, Jr., president of CMMA and Morbark President. “CMMA is proud to recognize these manufacturers for their outstanding achievements in the area of safety.”

Award winners were determined by CMMA’s Safety Special Interest Group (SIG). The Safety SIG is responsible for promoting safety awareness, providing training resources to area manufacturers, and for safety consultation. To be eligible to receive recognition, companies were required to share their injury information (300 Log) with the Safety S.I.G. and be a CMMA member.

The awards were presented by Shoemaker, Bart Pickelman, MIOSHA Deputy Director and CMMA Safety SIG Chair (and Morbark Quality Director), Eldon Sprague. Companies receiving a 2014 Safety Award included:

  • Bill’s Custom Fab for No Lost Time Injuries. The award was accepted by owner, Bill Quakenbush.
  • Alma Container for No Lost Time Injuries. The award was accepted by Alma container representative, Mike Legene.
  • Aircraft Precision Products received four safety awards for No Lost Time Injuries; Lowest Injury Rate for 2014; Most Improved Injury Rate over the past three years; and Zero Recordable injuries for the year of 2014. Accepting the award for Aircraft Precision were Bill Henderson, III, President of Aircraft Precision Products and Karrol Cowdrey, Safety Coordinator.

About CMMA
CMMA was formed to address the following needs by the manufacturers in central Michigan: the exchange of information and of ideas among the industrial community, to create a manufacturing

network, to promote a better understanding of fellow industry members, to make each manufacturer more competitive, and to educate the general public about manufacturing in their region.

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