Spartanburg-based Milliken & Co. among America’s Safest Companies


Milliken & Co. has earned national recognition for its commitment to workplace safety.

The Spartanburg-based manufacturer was one of 13 companies name to EHS Today magazine’s 2017 list of America’s Safest Companies.

Milliken, which has made the list three times, was also named the first inductee into EHS Today’s new America’s Safest Companies Hall of Fame.

“The safety and health of all Milliken associates are of primary, foundational importance to our company,” said Harold Chandler, CEO, president, and chairman of Milliken, in a statement. “To be among America’s Safest Companies upholds Milliken’s legacy of safety and honors the ongoing commitment of our associates to create a safe working environment.”

Created in 2002, America’s Safest Companies has honored more than 225 companies in the U.S. that have “demonstrated commitment to employee safety and health, environmental management, and risk control.”

Milliken said it devotes resources to train its associates to perform their jobs safely, to ensure equipment can be operated in a safe manner, to eliminate workplace hazards, and to comply with applicable safety and health laws and regulations.

The company said it is one of the nation’s top three companies for its number of sites that have received the coveted OSHA VPP Star certification.

Other companies named on this year’s America’s Safest list include ACCO Brands Corp., Atkins Energy America, Electrical Systems & Instrumentation, H+M Industrial EPC, Mangan Inc., M.C. Dean Inc., National, Nova Group Inc., Texas Instruments Inc., Valvoline, Wastren Advantage Inc., and Yaskawa America Inc.

“Making those phone calls to the winning companies for 2017 is a highlight of the year for us,” said EHS Today Content Director Sandy Smith, in a statement.

“A big focus for us this year has been ownership of safety. Does the executive suite own it? Do supervisors? What about employees – how do they fit in?” she said. “We realized that for the 13 winning applications, despite the diverse industries and sizes of companies, one message resonated loud and clear: Every employee at these companies – from the CEO to the newest hire – plays a role in safety, has ownership of safety.”




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