CMI Plant Reaches Safety Milestone

September 7, 2009

The employees at CMI’s manufacturing plant in Towanda, Pa., have recorded more than 15 million work hours without a lost workday accident, company officials report. The last lost-time incident at the plant occurred on July 27, 1997–over 12 years ago.

“Achieving this safety milestone is rarely accomplished in building products manufacturing,” says Matt Ameigh, CMI mill manager. “This is clearly an indication that our employees focus on maintaining a safe working environment not only for themselves but for their co-workers.”

At the 273-acre site in Towanda, CMI produces molded door designs for its CraftMaster interior doors; MiraTEC treated exterior composite trim; and Extira treated exterior panels. CMI’s employees reached this most recent safety milestone on August 19, 2009.

In addition to CMI’s safe work hour accomplishment, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recertified the facility as a Voluntary Protection Program Star Site in June.  The program, designed to recognizes Safety Through Accountability and Recognition, is OSHA’s highest safety honor and is reserved for a select few facilities across the United States, the company reports.

“By earning this exceptional recognition yet again, our employees continue to demonstrate that they make safety a priority every day, year after year,” states Bob Merrill, CMI president and CEO. “Sustaining this high level of employee safety for more than 12 years doesn’t happen by accident; it requires excellent teamwork, ongoing training and good planning.”

To maintain its culture of safety, CMI employees participate in safety and health teams; develop behavior job analyses; identify and correct deficiencies; and attend mandatory monthly training meetings on chemical safety, hazard communication, fall protection, lift truck operation and recertification, emergency response and other critical workplace activities, it is noted..

Opened in 1966, the Towanda facility is CMI’s largest manufacturing plant. Located on 273 acres in northeast Pennsylvania, the mill pioneered the development of pre-stained molded door designs in 1994, and remains the only facility worldwide to manufacture this product, according to company officials.