by Andy Lollar
GUNTOWN, MISSISSIPPI (June 11, 2010) – Norbord Inc. today celebrated the
achievement of three significant safety milestones at its oriented strand board (OSB) mill
in Guntown Mississippi.
1. Approved as an OSHA Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Star Site, effective
March 25, 2010. VPP represents OSHA’s premiere recognition programs for
employers and employees who have implemented exemplary workplace safety
and health systems.
2. Certification to Norbord’s Safety Star Status. The Safety Star program is a
company-specific program that combines OSHA’s VPP Star requirements with
Norbord’s own safety expectations.
3. Completion of one million hours without a lost time safety incident.
“Every member of the Guntown team is to be recognized and thanked for their
outstanding commitment to working safely,” said Barrie Shineton, President and CEO of
Norbord. “I believe a strong safety culture is a good indicator that all operating systems
are well-managed in a mill. This is certainly true in Guntown and I congratulate the team
on its success. We will look to them for guidance and leadership as we work to achieve
Norbord Safety Star status at all Norbord mills worldwide.”
Built by Norbord in 1995, the Guntown mill has 120 employees and annual production
capacity of 450 MMsf – 3/8”.
Norbord Inc. is an international producer of wood-based panels with assets of $1.0
billion, employing approximately 1,950 people at 14 plant locations in the United States,
Europe and Canada. Norbord is one of the world’s largest producers of OSB. In addition
to OSB, Norbord manufactures particleboard, medium density fibreboard (MDF),
hardwood plywood and related value-added products. Norbord is a publicly traded
company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol NBD.