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IDFA Recognizes 80 Dairy Foods Operations for Outstanding Achievements in Worker Safety

Dec 14, 2017

Contact: Marti Hogan
(202) 220-3535

(Washington, D.C. – December 14, 2017) The International Dairy Foods Association has recognized 80 dairy company operations for their outstanding achievements in worker safety. Each operation or plant will receive the IDFA Dairy Industry Safety Recognition Award this year. This is the 14th year that IDFA has sponsored the program, which highlights the outstanding worker safety records of U.S. dairy companies.

Award consideration was based on injury statistics required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) that were compiled over the past three years, as well as on the evaluation of written applications by four judges: Dave Crowley, senior environmental health and safety director for HP Hood LLC, and chair of IDFA’s Environmental Worker Safety Committee; Daniel R. Flynn, a partner at Dinsmore & Shohl LLP; Kathie Canning, editor-in-chief of Dairy Foods magazine; and Emily Lyons, IDFA director of regulatory affairs and counsel.

“The annual IDFA safety awards recognize outstanding safety efforts by both employees and management representatives at each member company that received an award. Winning firms have demonstrated that they are able to keep workplace safety front and center, and the large number of applications for the award shows that safety truly matters to IDFA’s members,” said Crowley. “Workplace safety is a crucial element for any business, and the companies we honor today should stand as an example to all employers in the dairy industry.”

Flynn, an OSHA expert, said “The IDFA Dairy Industry Safety Recognition Award is an excellent opportunity for applicants to showcase innovative safety and health initiatives that go above and beyond OSHA’s requirements and demonstrate a genuine commitment to the safety and health of their employees.”

Canning from Dairy Foods said, “The IDFA Dairy Industry Safety Awards not only recognize the outstanding safety-related efforts of dairy food companies, but they also inspire those companies to devise creative ways to engage employees and reap continuous safety-related improvements.”

Criteria for Success

The award program includes categories for both processing facilities and trucking operations in the dairy industry. In addition to the 48 plant-safety award winners, IDFA recognized eight companies as a Most Improved Facility based on significant decreases in recordable-injury cases and the rate of days away from work, restrictions and transfers (DART) for each of the last two years when compared to all other facilities that applied.

IDFA also recognized 24 trucking operations for their outstanding worker safety records and programs.

The 2017 winners will be featured in an upcoming issue of Dairy Foods magazine. IDFA will issue a call for nominations for the next Dairy Industry Safety Awards competition in early 2018.

2017 Facility Award Winners

31 LogisticsHaines City, FL

Compton Creamery Compton, CA

Creamland Dairies Gallup, NM

Crossroad Farms Dairy – Ice Cream Department Indianapolis, IN

Crossroad Farms Dairy Indianapolis, IN

DanoneWave (formerly WhiteWave Foods) DuBois, PA

DanoneWave (formerly WhiteWave Foods) Jacksonville, FL

DanoneWave (formerly WhiteWave Foods) Mt. Crawford, VA

Dean Foods Company Le Mars, IA

Foremost Farms USA Chilton, WI

Foremost Farms USA Plover, WI

Foremost Farms USA Reedsburg, WI

Gandy’s Dairy – Ice Cream Plant Clovis, NM

Gandy’s Dairy – Milk Plant Clovis, NM

Garelick Farms Portland, ME

Heritage Farms Dairy Murfreesboro, TN

HP Hood LLC Agawam, MA

Land O’Lakes – Ice Cream Plant Bismarck, ND

Land O’Lakes – Milk Plant Bismarck, ND

Leprino Foods Company Tracy, CA

Mayfield Dairy Farms, Inc. – Ice Cream Plant Birmingham, AL

Mayfield Dairy Farms, Inc. – Ice Cream Plant Carrollton, GA

Mayfield Dairy Farms, Inc. – Ice Cream Plant Rainsville, AL

Mayfield Dairy Farms, Inc. – Ice Cream Plant Waycross, GA

Mayfield Dairy Farms, Inc. – Milk Plant Carrollton, GA

Mayfield Dairy Farms, Inc. – Milk Plant Rainsville, AL

Mayfield Dairy Farms, Inc. – Milk Plant Waycross, GA

Meadow Gold Dairy Cortez, CO

Meadow Gold Dairy Durango, CO

Meadow Gold Dairy Great Falls, MT

Meadow Gold Dairy Poncha Springs, CO

Meadow Gold Dairy Salt Lake City, UT

Michigan Dairy Livonia, MI

Oak Farms Dairy Alexandria, LA

Oak Farms Dairy Beaumont, TX

Oak Farms Dairy DeRiddler, LA

Oak Farms Dairy Lufkin, TX

Oak Farms Dairy Sweeny, TX

Oak Farms Dairy Uvalde, TX

Oak Farms Dairy Victoria, TX

Price’s Creameries Alamogordo, NM

Price’s Creameries El Paso, TX

Price’s Creameries Las Cruces, NM

Price’s Creameries Roswell, NM

T.G. Lee Dairy Tallahassee, FL

Tamarack Farms Dairy Newark, OH

The Kroger Co. – Swan Island Dairy Portland, OR

The Kroger Co. – Westover Dairy Lynchburg, VA

2017 Most Improved Facilities

Country Delite Farms Nashville, TN

Dean Dairy Holdings, LLC • Huntley, IL

Foremost Farms USA Lancaster, WI

Foremost Farms USA Rothschild, WI

Leprino Foods Company – Cheese Plant Greeley, CO

Leprino Foods Company – Dried Ingredients Plant Greeley, CO

Mayfield Dairy Farms, Inc. – Milk Plant • Birmingham, AL

Mayfield Dairy Farms, Inc. Winfield, TN

2017 Transportation Award Winners

Broughton Foods Oak Hill, WV

Broughton Foods Old Washington, OH

HP Hood LLC Vernon, NY

Kemps LLC Aberdeen, SD

Kemps LLC Bismarck, ND

Kemps LLC Eau Claire, WI

Kemps LLC Fergus Falls, MN

Kemps LLC St. Cloud, MN

Meadow Brook Dairy Company Rochester, NY

PET Dairy Bluefield, VA

PET Dairy Jacksonville, NC

PET Dairy Jefferson, NC

PET Dairy Lenoir, NC

PET Dairy Lumberton, NC

PET Dairy Martinsville, VA

PET Dairy Roanoke, VA

PET Dairy Rockingham, NC

PET Dairy South Boston, VA

PET Dairy Warsaw, VA

PET Dairy Wilmington, KY

Purity Dairies Bowling Green, KY

Purity Dairies Hohenwald, TN

Purity Dairies Knoxville, TN

Reiter Dairy Findlay, OH

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The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA), Washington, D.C., represents the nation’s dairy manufacturing and marketing industry, that employs nearly 1 million skilled individuals, generates more than $39 billion in direct wages and has an overall economic impact of more than $200 billion. IDFA is the umbrella organization for the Milk Industry Foundation (MIF), the National Cheese Institute (NCI) and the International Ice Cream Association (IICA).  Our members range from large multinational organizations to single-plant companies. Together they represent more than 85 percent of the milk, cultured products, cheese, ice cream and frozen desserts produced and marketed in the United States and sold throughout the world. Our diverse membership includes numerous food retailers, suppliers and companies that offer infant formula and a wide variety of milk ingredients.

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