Freudenberg-NOK Earns Record Number of Safety Awards

Apr 03, 2001, 01:00 ET from Freudenberg-NOK

    PLYMOUTH, Mich., April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- The Rubber Manufacturers
 Association (RMA) recently presented Freudenberg-NOK production facilities
 with a total of eight 2000 Safety and Health Improvement Program (SHIP) Awards
 -- more than any other company.  The facilities earned the awards for
 achieving dramatic improvements in employee safety and health over the past
 year.
     Honored with the RMA SHIP Excellence Award were Freudenberg-NOK facilities
 in Bristol, N.H.; Scottsburg, Ind.; Spencer, Iowa; and Purcellville, Va.  This
 award is given to companies that achieve a lost workday incidence rate that is
 at least 75 percent better than the overall RMA plant average.
     Freudenberg-NOK plants located in Scottsburg, Ind.; Henderson, Nev.; and
 Bristol and Manchester, N.H., won RMA SHIP Improvement Awards for reducing
 their lost workday incidence rate by at least 20 percent over the previous
 year.
     "As a perennial winner of SHIP Awards, we are extremely proud to have
 received a record number this year -- which underscores our ongoing commitment
 to safety," said Joseph C. Day, Freudenberg-NOK Chairman and CEO.  "It's part
 of our lean culture to strive for perfect safety performance, just as we
 strive for perfection in our products and processes."
     The majority of the company's U.S. manufacturing facilities have received
 SHIP Awards, including plants in Santa Ana, Calif.; Cleveland and LaGrange,
 Ga.; and Bensenville, Ligonier, and Morristown, Ind.
     Founded in 1915, the Rubber Manufacturers Association is the national
 trade association of the rubber industry.  Its members include more than 100
 companies and affiliated organizations which produce thousands of finished
 rubber and tire products.
     Plymouth, Mich.-based Freudenberg-NOK is part of the Freudenberg and NOK
 Group Companies, which have total annual sales of nearly $7 billion.  With
 global automotive sales of approximately $4 billion, the Freudenberg and NOK
 Group ranks among the 15 largest OEM automotive suppliers (per Crain's Detroit
 Business) and is one of only eight in the top 100 that has global balance in
 each of the three major automotive markets -- Asia, Europe and North America
 (according to Automotive News).
     Through a global network of facilities spanning 27 countries with some
 25,000 automotive employees worldwide, the supplier group offers its
 automotive customers globally integrated products, including sealing packages
 for transmissions, engines, brakes, axles and steering, NVH (noise, vibration
 and harshness) components and packages, and all rubber, plastic and PTFE
 components for suspension, electrical and fuel systems.
     The Freudenberg and NOK Group also offers an extensive portfolio of
 precision-molded products for the aerospace, appliance, business machine,
 fluid power, marine, medical, off-highway equipment and recreational vehicle
 markets.  For more information, visit the Freudenberg-NOK web site at
 www.freudenberg-nok.com
 
 

SOURCE Freudenberg-NOK
    PLYMOUTH, Mich., April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- The Rubber Manufacturers
 Association (RMA) recently presented Freudenberg-NOK production facilities
 with a total of eight 2000 Safety and Health Improvement Program (SHIP) Awards
 -- more than any other company.  The facilities earned the awards for
 achieving dramatic improvements in employee safety and health over the past
 year.
     Honored with the RMA SHIP Excellence Award were Freudenberg-NOK facilities
 in Bristol, N.H.; Scottsburg, Ind.; Spencer, Iowa; and Purcellville, Va.  This
 award is given to companies that achieve a lost workday incidence rate that is
 at least 75 percent better than the overall RMA plant average.
     Freudenberg-NOK plants located in Scottsburg, Ind.; Henderson, Nev.; and
 Bristol and Manchester, N.H., won RMA SHIP Improvement Awards for reducing
 their lost workday incidence rate by at least 20 percent over the previous
 year.
     "As a perennial winner of SHIP Awards, we are extremely proud to have
 received a record number this year -- which underscores our ongoing commitment
 to safety," said Joseph C. Day, Freudenberg-NOK Chairman and CEO.  "It's part
 of our lean culture to strive for perfect safety performance, just as we
 strive for perfection in our products and processes."
     The majority of the company's U.S. manufacturing facilities have received
 SHIP Awards, including plants in Santa Ana, Calif.; Cleveland and LaGrange,
 Ga.; and Bensenville, Ligonier, and Morristown, Ind.
     Founded in 1915, the Rubber Manufacturers Association is the national
 trade association of the rubber industry.  Its members include more than 100
 companies and affiliated organizations which produce thousands of finished
 rubber and tire products.
     Plymouth, Mich.-based Freudenberg-NOK is part of the Freudenberg and NOK
 Group Companies, which have total annual sales of nearly $7 billion.  With
 global automotive sales of approximately $4 billion, the Freudenberg and NOK
 Group ranks among the 15 largest OEM automotive suppliers (per Crain's Detroit
 Business) and is one of only eight in the top 100 that has global balance in
 each of the three major automotive markets -- Asia, Europe and North America
 (according to Automotive News).
     Through a global network of facilities spanning 27 countries with some
 25,000 automotive employees worldwide, the supplier group offers its
 automotive customers globally integrated products, including sealing packages
 for transmissions, engines, brakes, axles and steering, NVH (noise, vibration
 and harshness) components and packages, and all rubber, plastic and PTFE
 components for suspension, electrical and fuel systems.
     The Freudenberg and NOK Group also offers an extensive portfolio of
 precision-molded products for the aerospace, appliance, business machine,
 fluid power, marine, medical, off-highway equipment and recreational vehicle
 markets.  For more information, visit the Freudenberg-NOK web site at
 www.freudenberg-nok.com
 
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