RENO, Nev., May 15, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- For its impressive performance in ensuring world class workplace safety, Dean Foods' Model Dairy logistics facility in Reno, Nev., was awarded the 2014 Dean Foods CEO Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) Award. The award is the company's top honor and the facility was selected over 100 other Dean Foods logistics locations after a rigorous, one-year judging process.
Dean Foods CEO Gregg Tanner presented the award to Dean Foods Distribution Manager Danny Barnes, and Ken Katherman, a Model Dairy driver with more than 40 years of service.
"At Dean Foods, we're committed to our employees and their safety, which is why this award is so important," said Tanner. "We're excited with the level of excellence in safety our Reno employees have exemplified, and we're thrilled to recognize them for this achievement."
The Dean Foods CEO EHS Award is the culmination of an intensive assessment process. This year, two ice cream plants, three fluid milk plants, and two logistics locations including the Reno facility, received the Excellence in EHS Award. The awards are based on multiple criteria including: injury rates, DOT scores, safety on the road, workers compensation statistics, behavior-based safety elements like observation and coaching, and employee training.
Next, these eight locations were scrutinized further by Dean Foods' senior leadership who took into account employee engagement, best practices and the 'safety culture' within the location. The Model Dairy logistics facility in Reno emerged as the cream of the crop for the logistics category.
"We have always placed a great amount of focus on keeping our employees in Reno safe each and every day, which is why I'm so proud of our team and honored to celebrate this achievement with all of our drivers," said Barnes.
About Dean Foods
Dean Foods® is a leading food and beverage company in the United States and is the nation's largest processor and direct-to-store distributor of fluid milk. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, the Dean Foods portfolio includes TruMoo®, the leading national flavored milk brand, and DairyPure®, the first and largest fresh white milk national brand, along with well-known regional dairy brands such as Alta Dena®, Berkeley Farms®, Country Fresh®, Dean's®, Garelick Farms®, LAND O LAKES® milk and cultured products*, Lehigh Valley Dairy Farms®, Mayfield®, McArthur®, Meadow Gold®, Oak Farms®, PET®**, T.G. Lee®, Tuscan® and more. In all, Dean Foods has more than 50 local and regional dairy brands and private labels. Dean Foods also makes and distributes ice cream, cultured products, juices, teas, and bottled water. Approximately 17,000 employees across the country work every day to make Dean Foods the most admired and trusted provider of wholesome, great-tasting dairy products at every occasion. For more information about Dean Foods and its brands, visit www.deanfoods.com.
*The LAND O LAKES brand is owned by Land O'Lakes, Inc. and is used by license.
**PET is a trademark of The J.M. Smucker Company and is used by license.
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