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Liberty Mutual Insurance Recognizes Utility's Glade Spring, Virginia Manufacturing Plant with its Safety Commendation Award


Trailer Manufacturing Company
, the industry's largest
manufacturer of refrigerated
and a leading manufacturer of dry
freight vans
, flatbeds,
and Tautliner®
curtainsided trailers, is pleased to announce that its Glade
Spring, Virginia manufacturing plant has received a Plant Safety Award
from Liberty Mutual Insurance.

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Photo Caption: Front Row Right to Left Odie Barker – Plant Engineer, Rose Coleman - Assembler, Kathy ...

Photo Caption: Front Row Right to Left Odie Barker – Plant Engineer, Rose Coleman - Assembler, Kathy Armstrong – EHS Clerk, Donna DeBusk – Accounts Payable, Sam Cassell – Plant Manager, Rick Williams – LM Risk Management, Wes Wolfe – Quality Manager, Tim McVey – HR Manager Back Row Right to Left Richard Carver – Materials Manager, Ralph McMahan – Plant Superintendent, Keith Walsh – EHS Manager, Cody Boone - Supervisor, Kenny Johnson – Paint Technician, Jeff Hendricks – EHS Technician, Bart Henderson - Welder, Nathan Hodge – Material Handler (Photo: Business Wire)

Liberty Mutual's Safety Awards are based on the days away, restricted
and transferred (DART) rate, which is calculated from the number of
hours worked relative to the number of accidents at the plant. Lower
numbers of accidents result in lower DART rates.

In 2017, Utility's Glade Spring plant had a DART rate of only 1.41, with
nearly 1 million worked hours. The average DART rate for the trailer
manufacturing industry is significantly higher, at 3.4. A Safety
Commendation Award is presented for DART rates that are 50% or lower
than the industry average rate.

"Being recognized by Liberty Mutual for this Safety Award was a great
accomplishment. Only through total participation by the Glade Spring
Team was this possible," said Keith Walsh, Utility's Glade Spring
Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Manager.

"This is the 4th Liberty Safety Award for the Glade Spring plant. We
couldn't have achieved this Award without the continuous focus by our
employees on safety," said Bob Griffis, Corporate EHS Manager for
Utility Trailer Manufacturing.

Sam Cassell, Utility's Glade Spring Plant Manager, stated: "The
management team here at Glade Spring puts safety at the top of our daily
agenda. If we do not place safety on our agenda and in our vision for
the organization, it simply won't happen. It does not stop there. This
safety award represents the commitment and dedication of each member of
the Glade Spring team. Those who build dry van trailers every day also
make it part of their daily agenda. I cannot express how proud I am of
each person on the shop floor."

Richard Williams of Liberty Mutual Insurance, Risk Control Services,
presented the Safety Award to a group of Glade Spring employees, on
behalf of all Utility's Glade Spring employees.

About Utility Trailer Manufacturing Company

Utility Trailer Manufacturing Company is America's oldest privately
owned, family-operated trailer manufacturer. Founded in 1914, the
company designs and manufactures dry freight vans, flatbeds,
refrigerated vans, Tautliner® curtainsided trailers, and
aerodynamic side skirts. Utility currently operates six trailer
manufacturing facilities across North America. Utility's 3000R®
and the 3000R® multi-temp refrigerated trailers are
manufactured at the Marion, Virginia, Clearfield, Utah and Piedras
Negras, Mexico plants. The 4000D-X Composite® series and 4000D®
dry vans are manufactured at the Glade Spring, Virginia and Paragould,
Arkansas plants. The 4000AE™, 4000S®, and 4000AE
Drop Deck flatbeds as well as the Tautliner® are all
manufactured at the Enterprise, Alabama facility. Utility also has an
extensive independent dealer network with over 100 locations throughout
the United States, Canada, Mexico and South America. Visit:
for more information.

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