RockTenn employees at its Uncasville, CT, containerboard mill celebrate 10-year safety milestone

Tue, Aug 28, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 28, 2012 (RISI) -
Employees at RockTenn's Uncasville, CT containerboard mill celebrated a 10-year safety milestone last week. Uncasville is the first mill in RockTenn history to achieve such a goal.

"Uncasville employees continue to demonstrate their commitment to working safely every day, which is a critical part of our culture at RockTenn," said Jim Rubright, Chairman and CEO. "Their efforts have set a strong example for the rest of our co-workers to follow."

According to RockTenn, research with the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) and the Pulp and Paper Safety Association (PPSA) indicates that no other paper mill in the U.S. has gone 10 years without a lost-time injury.

Many of the mill's 80 employees are second- and third-generation workers.

"My great grandfather started here when he was 18," said Lyman "Bubby" Pond, Machine Tender and Chairman of the mill's safety committee. "My grandfather worked here for 53 years, starting out in utility and retiring as a superintendent, and my dad worked for 10 years in the maintenance department. I'm proud to be a member of this team. My family helped to make this mill successful and I'm here to continue the legacy."

In conjunction with this accomplishment, the mill received the following recognitions:

  • Certificate of Special Recognition - Senator Richard Blumenthal
  • Commissioner's Certificate of Achievement Award - CONN-OSHA
  • Certificate of Appreciation - Montville Mayor Ronald McDaniel
  • Special Safety Recognition - Pulp & Paper Safety Association

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