June 4, 2010

Residential Solutions' Vidalia Facility Receives OSHA's VPP Star Certification

VIDALIA, GA (INGERSOLL RAND NEWS SERVICE) -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has awarded its coveted Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Star certification for superior workplace safety to Residential Solutions' Vidalia, GA, facility.

“The management and employees of Ingersoll Rand’s Vidalia operations have worked together to show their deep commitment to provide a safe and healthful workplace,” said Robert Vazzi, area director, OSHA. “Their commitment and proactive approach toward safety is a model for other companies to follow, and resulted in their being recognized by OSHA as the newest of 87 Voluntary Protection Program Star sites in the state of Georgia. They are to be commended for their hard work and commitment to safety and health excellence.”

OSHA’s VPP Star certification indicates that Residential Solutions' Vidalia facility meets or exceeds the high VPP criteria for safety and health programs. According to OSHA, there are less than 2,000 VPP Star certified sites in the United States, representing the top one percent of worksites in the country. Residential Solutions celebrated the achievement during a small ceremony at its Vidalia site.

“I am extremely proud of our employees in Vidalia, who continuously support our journey toward a world-class operation,” said John Shepherd, the site’s environmental, health and safety leader. “A few years ago, we developed employee-led safety teams to help us tackle tough issues such as ergonomics, machine safeguarding and increasing awareness of safety throughout our operation. Our safety teams continue to play a key role in helping us sustain a culture where unsafe acts and behaviors are unacceptable.”

The Vidalia plant opened in 1990 with a 50,000-square-foot building and 42 employees. The operation has grown to span more than 400,000 square feet, across two buildings, employing approximately 500 employees.

“Our Vidalia plant has been continuously improving its safety and health programs during its entire 20-year history,” said Residential Solutions President Steve Hochhauser. “VPP Star certification marks the latest milestone in our continuing effort to ensure that Ingersoll Rand produces top-performing products with safety as the first consideration.”

The Vidalia operation is also expanding its capabilities. With Residential Solutions’ most significant capital investment this year, the plant will soon be operating a set of advanced equipment and capabilities related to the company’s Tetra product line in the HVAC business. The line improves the efficiency of our HVAC units, and builds them in a more environmentally conscious way. Production on the new equipment is slated to begin this fall.

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