Steel King Industries, a local manufacturing facility located on Beckert Road, celebrated a milestone in employee safety on Nov. 16.
Representatives joined the first and second shift employees in a company-wide event.
The milestone was specifically marking no lost-time injuries over a one year time period. Employees at Steel King achieved the one year mark Oct. 26. New London employees logged nearly 96,000 hours of work without a single lost time injury.
Senator Luther Olson, State Representative Kevin Petersen and New London Mayor Gary Henke joined with Steel King executives from Stevens Point in commending the employees for a job well done.
At the celebration, New London Plant Manager Steve Krueger made introductions and said if it wasn’t for the employees doing their jobs and taking safety seriously, this never would have happened. “Our employees attend round table meetings to discuss safer, more efficient ways to operate machinery and equipment.”
Krueger added, “I’m so proud of each and every employee and all the hard work that they did to accomplish this great safety record. This is 100 percent due to the safety awareness, efforts and involvement of our employees. Management has been here for support, but the employees made it happen. This is a first in my 30 years at Steel King.”
Glenn Thiede, vice president of manufacturing, said that this is the only time in his many years of manufacturing that a plant went over 365 days without a safety issue. “It’s a testament to these employees’ great safety habits and truly watching out for one another while performing their jobs,” said Thiede.
Senator Olsen stepped up to recognize the employees by presenting a plaque to be hung in the plant that is signed by Governor Walker, Senator Olsen and Representative Petersen. “Your business, in the heart of the state, proves that safety in manufacturing allows the company to compete around the country and the world by keeping costs down.”
State Representative Petersen, explaining that he is the shortest speaker in politics today, congratulated the workforce at Steel King. “A building is just a building, it is the people that work there that make a vital contribution to the community.”
Congressman Reid Ribble was in Washington, D.C., but a spokesperson attended to congratulate the employees on 96,000 hours of safety. His statement included that this landmark accomplishment deserves acknowledgement and praise.
New London Mayor Gary Henke remarked that Steel King is “Reflecting the Pride” of our city, as the sign at the entrance to town suggests. He said he was proud of the accomplishments and that manufacturers such as Steel King help to keep the community going.
In honor of the milestone, every Steel King employee at the New London facility received a sweatshirt marking the occasion. Their names were entered into a drawing for their choice of a fishing boat with motor and trailer or a four wheel drive ATV. The prize drawing winner was Marvin Guyette, a 22 year employee at Steel King. Guyette selected the 15 foot boat that included a 15 hp, 4 stroke Mercury motor.
Founded in 1970, Steel King Industries manufactures a full-line of material handling products, including pallet racks, dynamic storage systems, AS/RS racks, cantilever racks, portable racks, and custom shipping racks, along with industrial steel containers and guard railing. Headquartered in Stevens Point, WI, Steel King has two manufacturing facilities in Wisconsin and another in Rome, GA.