U.S. TIRE MANUFACTURERS RECOGNIZED FOR ACHIEVEMENTS IN WORKER SAFETY

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WASHINGTON, D.C., April 4, 2018 - Six tire manufacturers were recognized for advancing worker health and safety in 2017 by the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA).

USTMA’s Safety and Health Improvement Program (SHIP), created in 1981, has traditionally recognized member companies for excellence and improvement in worker health and safety. This year, USTMA is expanding the program to recognize member companies for the proactive steps taken to improve workplace safety and health cultures. USTMA’s new Leadership Award honors companies that promote innovative practices to improve worker safety.

 “USTMA members share a vision for the U.S. tire manufacturing industry of zero injuries in the workplace,” said Anne Forristall Luke, USTMA president and CEO. “USTMA’s annual SHIP Awards demonstrate our members’ progress toward meeting that vision.”

Three categories of awards were presented to companies that advanced worker health and safety. USTMA’s new Leadership Award honored companies that shared successful safety initiatives among all USTMA members in 2017. USTMA’s traditional Excellence and Improvement Awards honor facilities that demonstrated workplace safety excellence and improvements, which are measured by the incidence rate for lost workday cases.

Four Leadership Awards, Five Excellence Awards and 11 Improvement Awards were presented.

Forty-seven plants including tread rubber manufacturing, inner tube manufacturing, aircraft tire manufacturing, and tire manufacturing from USTMA member companies supplied data for the annual survey to be eligible for awards. The data supplied to USTMA is identical to information provided to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, which publishes annual injury and illness information on all industries.

Excellence Award
 

 
Bridgestone Americas, Inc.

Oxford, North Carolina
 

Michelin North America, Inc.

Dothan, Alabama (US4)
Lexington, South Carolina (US7)
Greenville, South Carolina (TWEEL)
Asheboro, North Carolina (ASH - Oliver)
 

Improvement Award
 

 
Bridgestone Americas, Inc. Bloomington, Illinois
La Vergne, Tennessee
Wilson, North Carolina
Abilene, Texas
Griffin, Georgia
 
Michelin North America, Inc. Tuscaloosa, Alabama (BFG3)
Ardmore, Oklahoma (US9)
Greenville, South Carolina (US1)
 
Pirelli Tire North America Rome, Georgia
 
Sumitomo Rubber Industries Tonawanda, New York
 
Toyo Tire Holdings of Americas Inc. White, Georgia
 
Leadership Award
 
 

Bridgestone Americas, Inc.
 

 

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
 

 

Michelin North America, Inc.
 

 

Sumitomo Rubber Industries
 

 

 

Anne Forristall Luke, President and CEO of the U.S. Tire Manufacturers
Association presents the SHIP award to Gord Knapp, Chief Executive
Officer and President of Bridgestone Americas, Inc.

Anne Forristall Luke, President and CEO of the U.S. Tire Manufacturers
Association presents the SHIP award to Steve McClellan, President,
Americas of The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company

 

Anne Forristall Luke, President and CEO of the U.S. Tire Manufacturers
Association presents the SHIP award to Scott Clark, Chairman
and President of Michelin North America, Inc.
 

Anne Forristall Luke, President and CEO of the U.S. Tire Manufacturers
Association presents the SHIP award to Maureen Kline, Vice President,
Public Affairs and Sustainability, Pirelli Tire North America.
 

Anne Forristall Luke, President and CEO of the U.S. Tire Manufacturers
Association presents the SHIP award to Richard Smallwood,
President & CEO, Sumitomo Rubber North America, Inc.

Anne Forristall Luke, President and CEO of the U.S. Tire Manufacturers
Association presents the SHIP award to Jim Hawk, Chairman,
Toyo Holdings of America, Inc. 

 

 

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The U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association is the national trade association for tire manufacturers that produce tires in the U.S.  USTMA members employ nearly 100,000 workers, operate 56 tire-related manufacturing facilities in 18 states and generate over $27 billion in annual sales. In 2017, USTMA members accounted for 82% of the 316 million passenger, light truck and truck tire shipments in the U.S.

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