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Vienna,June 14 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.”

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