Thomasville, N.C.—For the eighth consecutive year, Mohawk Industries’ Thomasville laminate manufacturing facility has received the Gold Award from the North Carolina Department of Labor. The award is presented to employers across the state whose safety incident rate is less than 50% of the average for each industry group. Cherie Berry, North Carolina commissioner of labor, presented the award at an annual banquet on May 22.
The Thomasville team attributes their success to a culture where everyone works together to identify and remove hazards, share ideas for process improvement and help each other work safely.
“We’re encouraged to always keep our eyes and ears open,” said Jeff Mika, a press operator and 14-year employee. “It only takes a few minutes of inattention to safety for an injury to occur.”
Mohawk employs more than 300 people at the Thomasville facility, which has also been recognized for safe working practices within the company and by Liberty Mutual.
“Our leaders at Mohawk wants all of us to be able to go home to our families safely at the end of the work day,” said, Sammy Shoaf, a distribution team leader. “We start off our day with safety in mind, and it’s a constant focus throughout the day. I believe that’s why Mohawk in Thomasville continues to receive these awards year after year.”
Thomasville has added two new production lines in the past year and has expanded operations to support the growing demand for Mohawk’s innovative and award-winning flooring products.
“Our team members have maintained their track record of exemplary safety as we’ve continued to expand and hire new employees,” said Mary Hennessey, human resources manager.
For years, Mohawk has focused on a holistic approach to meeting the needs of the company’s employees. World-class safety standards, comprehensive benefits and opportunities for advancement through nationally-recognized training and development programs create an environment where employees can thrive in current and future positions with the company.