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Dairy Companies, Trucking Operations Receive Worker Safety Awards

May 31, 2018


Contact: Bailey Wood
(202) 220-3540

(Washington, D.C. – May 31, 2018) The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) has recognized more than 50 dairy company operations for their outstanding achievements in worker safety. Each operation or plant will receive the IDFA Dairy Industry Safety Recognition Award, a program that has highlighted workplace safety in U.S. dairy companies for 15 years.

“Safety is the dairy industry’s No. 1 priority,” said Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO. “Dairy companies continually go above and beyond to provide a safe and productive work environment. These member companies are shining examples of how to implement innovative and proactive approaches to workplace safety and achieve great results.”

In addition to an application, the awards were based on injury statistics provided by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) that were evaluated by judges Dave Crowley, senior environment and health 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; Emily Lyons, associate at Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, formerly with IDFA; and Taylor Boone, IDFA coordinator of regulatory affairs.

“These awards highlight both hard working employees and managers who’ve committed to forming a safe workplace environment and have produced the outstanding safety performance to prove it,” said Crowley. “The industry’s continued success relies on those who go the extra mile to promote positive employee involvement and a culture of continuous improvement in workplace safety.”

Criteria for Success

The award program includes categories for both processing facilities and trucking operations in the dairy industry. In addition to the 27 plant-safety award winners, IDFA recognized five 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 21 trucking operations for their outstanding safety records and programs.

The 2018 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 2019.

2018 Facility Award Winners

31 LogisticsHaines City, FL

Centennial Farms Dairy Atlanta, GA

Danone North America Bridgeton, NJ

Danone North America Fort Worth, TX

Danone North America Mt. Crawford, VA

Dean Foods Le Mars Le Mars, IA

Dean Foods of Decatur, IN Decatur, IN

Foremost Farms USA Lancaster, WI

Foremost Farms USA Marshfield, WI

Foremost Farms USA Preston, MN

Hiland Dairy Chandler, OK

Jilbert Dairy Marquette, MI

Kroger Riverside Creamery Riverside, CA

Layton Dairy Layton, UT

Lehigh Valley Dairy Schuylkill Haven, PA

Leprino Foods Company Waverly, NY

Oak Farms DairyHouston, TX

Pace Dairy Foods Company Rochester, MN

Pace Dairy of Indiana Crawfordsville, IN

Prairie Farms Dairy Carbondale, IL

Prairie Farms Dairy O’Fallon, IL

Prairie Farms Dairy Springfield, IL

Schreiber Foods, Inc. Fullerton, CA

Swan Island Dairy Portland, OR

Swiss Premium Dairy Lebanon, PA

Tolleson Dairy Tolleson, AZ

Vandervoort’s Dairy Fort Worth, TX

2018 Most Improved Facilities

California Dairies Inc Turlock, CA

Foremost Farms USA Reedsburg, WI

Foremost Farms USA Plover, WI

Foremost Farms USA Sparta, WI

Saputo Cheese Lancaster Lancaster, WI

2018 Transportation Award Winners

31 LogisticsHaines City, FL

Dean Transportation Inc. Decatur, IN

Lehigh Valley Dairy Farms – Hagerstown Lansdale, PA

Oak Farms Dairy Atoka, OK

Oak Farms Dairy Beaumont, TX

Oak Farms Dairy Bryan, TX

Oak Farms Dairy Dallas, TX

Oak Farms Dairy Denison, TX

Oak Farms Dairy Houston, TX

Oak Farms Dairy Lake Charles, LA

Oak Farms Dairy • Laredo, TX

Oak Farms Dairy • Lufkin, TX

Oak Farms Dairy Springfield, MO

Oak Farms Dairy • Sweeny, TX

Oak Farms Dairy • Texarkana, AR

Oak Farms Dairy – Main Street • Uvalde, TX

Oak Farm Dairy – Front Street • Uvalde, TX

Oak Farms Dairy • Victoria, TX

Oak Farms Dairy • Wichita Falls, TX

Oak Farms Dairy • Wichita, KS

Oak Farms Dairy • San Antonio, TX

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The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA), Washington, D.C., represents the nation’s dairy manufacturing and marketing industry, which supports nearly 3 million jobs, generates more than $39 billion in direct wages and has an overall economic impact of more than $628 billion. IDFA is the umbrella organization for the Milk Industry Foundation (MIF), the National Cheese Institute (NCI) and the International Ice Cream Association (IICA). IDFA’s 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. The diverse membership includes numerous food retailers, suppliers and companies that offer infant formula and a wide variety of milk-derived ingredients. Visit IDFA at
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