Expera Specialty Solutions – Nicolet Mill Wins 2013 Corporate Safety Award

The Wisconsin Safety Council, the state’s leading provider of safety training and programming, and the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) will honor Expera Specialty Solutions – Nicolet Mill as one of 13 companies to win this year’s Wisconsin Corporate Safety award.

 “This year’s winners are leading by example in safety and health innovation and best practices. We are honored to recognize these thirteen exemplary companies who put a tremendous amount of dedication, effort and resources each and every day into assuring the safety of their most valuable asset their employees”, said Janie Ritter, director of the Wisconsin Safety Council. “Our great state should be proud that so many companies who recognize and value the importance of safety in the workplace call Wisconsin home.”

The winning companies provided details on their organization’s safety and health leadership, training and implementation programs, and employee participation. Their reports also included information on their safety accomplishments and goals. The applications were judged by an independent panel of 36 safety, health, and human resource professionals.

“On behalf of Governor Walker, I congratulate the 2013 Wisconsin Corporate Safety Award winners, who demonstrate by their example how critical safety is to a company’s success,” Department of Workforce Development Secretary Reggie Newson said. “Workers who are well trained also understand the importance of safety. Governor Walker has made developing Wisconsin’s workforce a key priority, so that workers have the skills they need to perform at their best on the job, efficiently, effectively and above all, safely. Safety is everyone’s responsibility, and it is in everyone’s best interest.”

The Nicolet Mill employs approximately 218 people and manufactures a variety of specialty papers.

These include greaseproof papers for food applications, construction paper, roll label backing, packaging grades, and other supercalendered kraft grades. The Nicolet Mill has been a VPP star site since 1995, one of the first locations in Wisconsin. The mill has seen steady improvement in safety performance in terms of reduced recordable injuries, and in 2012 and 2013 they achieved the lowest injury rate ever at the facility with just one recordable injury each year. There were a number of improvements at the mill in 2013, but one of the most significant was the installation of new roll handling equipment in the Shipping Department. This new equipment is not only an ergonomic success, but also a time saver.

“We are very proud of the Nicolet Mill’s accomplishments in regards to safety,” said Lee Hammen, Nicolet Mill Manager. “The Nicolet Team has truly created a culture of “Caring Enough to Act” in regards to the safety of themselves and their fellow team members.” 

The awards will be presented during the 72nd annual Wisconsin Safety and Health Conference at the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center in Wisconsin Dells on April 29 and 30.

The Wisconsin Safety Council is an educational division of WMC, which is the state manufacturers’ association, and is the state chapter of the National Safety Council. Since 1923, WSC has been helping save the lives of Wisconsin workers and provides a network of more than 4,000 organizational members and professionals with training, certification, research, conference, resources, and community.

For more information, contact the Wisconsin Safety Council at (800) 236-3400 or visit www.wisafetycouncil.org