Jul 27, 2011 Nashville, TN

Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations Warren County Plant Receives TOSHA’s Highest Honor Fourth Consecutive Time

Teammates at BATO's Warren County plant celebrating Tennesse's OSHA's Volunteer STAR award

The Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development and Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration (TOSHA) today recognized the Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations (BATO) Warren County, Tenn., plant with its highest safety and health honor: the Volunteer STAR (Safety Through Accountability and Recognition) award.

The Volunteer STAR is patterned after the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) and recognizes the best of the best in the area of safety and health programming and performance.

This is the fourth consecutive time the Warren County plant has received the award, the first time being in 1997. Facilities must be recertified every three to four years.

“Bridgestone Americas is committed to being a premier place to work, and a critical part of achieving that is adhering to the highest levels of safety and health in our plants,” said Barry Owens, Vice President, Manufacturing for Bridgestone Americas Manufacturing Group. “The receipt of this award represents a continued total team effort on the part of our teammates here in Warren County, and it gives us great pride to help celebrate their accomplishments here today.”

The Warren County plant is one of only three tire manufacturing facilities in the U.S. that is certified as an OSHA VPP Star site. The other two plants – in Aiken County, S.C., and Bloomington, Ill. – are also BATO facilities. No other tire plant in the U.S. has earned this distinction.

“Bridgestone Americas was one of the first companies in Tennessee to be awarded the Volunteer STAR, and has continued to be exemplary in its safety and health programs throughout the years,” said Deputy Commissioner Alisa Malone of the Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development. “It’s an honor to be here today to present this award and celebrate a legacy of health and safety excellence here in Warren County.”

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