Mondi wins three PSSMA awards for outstanding plant safetyPublication Date:
14 June 2017
Vienna, 14 June 2017: The Paper Shipping Sack Manufacturers’ Association (PSSMA) has announced the winners of its Safety Awards Program for 2016. We are delighted to announce that three Mondi Industrial Bags plants in North America won PSSMA awards for plant safety in recognition of the “Best annual safety experience”. The winning plants were Louisville (Kentucky), Arcadia (Louisiana) and Salt Lake City (Utah). Moreover, Arcadia and Louisiana achieved zero incidents rates in 2016.
The awards were presented at the organisation’s seminar in Vancouver (Washington) on 26 April.
Mondi Salt Lake City won for the best annual safety experience in the category of plants reporting more than 300,000 man-hours. Shelley Balback, Safety, Health and Environment Manager for Salt Lake City, credits the plant’s achievement and safety attitude that shows great team effort. The plant is SQF (Safe Quality of Food) level 3 certified and mainly serves the building products/cement, chemical/mineral, pet and food industries. Salt Lake City produces three main bag types: pasted valve, pinch bottom and PeelPak® for the dairy industry.
Mondi’s Louisville and Arcadia plants both won for the best annual safety experience in the category of 150,000–225,000 man-hours with zero reportable incidents. The Louisville plant continues its successful year with no recordable incidents. Jason McCarty, Safety, Health and Environment Manager at Louisville, stated, “This is mainly due to a strong safety culture with the production employees and management’s commitment to safety. Supervisors incorporate safety into their daily routines. Everyone looks out for one another and doesn’t hesitate to speak up about safety issues.” Mondi’s Louisville plant manufactures woven polypropylene industrial bags used in the food and animal feed industries.
Rick Brown, Arcadia Plant Manager, mentioned, “With 2017 upon us, we must stay focused and continue to watch out for our fellow team members. Whether it is at work or home, we must all become involved and step up our efforts in order to maintain the great achievement.” Arcadia is a major supplier of refuse multiwall paper bags: biodegradable, recyclable and ideal for composting. It specialises in the production of refuse and PSOS (square bottom) bags.
According to Mark Ushpol, President of Mondi Industrial Bags in North America, the awards reflect Mondi’s Zero Harm safety philosophy and fundamental values set out in The Mondi Way. “Passion for performance, caring and acting with integrity are Mondi’s core values,” says Ushpol. “Across all of our plants, the teams work effectively to cultivate a safe, productive and harmonious work environment that supports engagement in safety, ultimately leading to the results and accolades that flow from this.”
Isabella Schleifer, Marketing & Communications Manager
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About Mondi Industrial Bags
Mondi Industrial Bags, a business segment of Mondi Group, is the leading international producer of industrial paper bags1, selling around 5 billion bags per year. Thanks to its broad range of bag specifications, Mondi Industrial Bags serves major industries including cement and building materials, chemicals, food, feed and seed. The business segment operates a dense sales and service network, the specialised filling equipment department Natro Tech, as well as its Bag Application Centre, where researchers develop and test innovative packaging solutions.
1 Based on sales volume. Source: Eurosac, Freedonia World Industrial Bags 2016 study prepared for Mondi and management estimates.
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Mondi is an international packaging and paper Group, employing around 25,000 people across more than 30 countries. Our key operations are located in central Europe, Russia, North America and South Africa. In 2016, Mondi had revenues of €6.7 billion and a return on capital employed of 20.3%.
We are fully integrated across the packaging and paper value chain - from managing forests and producing pulp, paper and compound plastics, to developing effective and innovative industrial and consumer packaging solutions. With over 100 products customised into more than 100,000 solutions, we offer more than you may expect. Leading brands around the world rely on our innovative technologies and products across a variety of industries such as agriculture; automotive; building and construction; chemicals and dangerous goods; food and beverages; graphic and photographic; home and personal care; medical and pharmaceutical; office and professional printing; packaging and paper converting; pet care; retail and e-commerce; and shipping and transport.
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