CONOVER, N.C. – Representatives from the North Carolina Department of Labor and a host of elected officials joined employees of Profile Products to commemorate 750,000 consecutive hours without a lost-time incident at the company’s manufacturing facility in Conover, N.C. The company reached the milestone in August, following a streak that began more than five years ago in February 2008.

A celebration, held at the production plant Sept. 17 was highlighted with remarks from North Carolina Commissioner of Labor Cherie Berry, in addition to comments read from U.S. Sen. Richard Burr’s office.

The Conover facility, under the ownership of Profile Products since March 2000, has a history of safety awareness. To ensure its employees remain up-to-date on safety procedures, the company holds biweekly safety meetings. Monthly safety tours are also conducted to check machines for deficiencies and to certify employees have safe access to equipment.

The plant manufactures and packages all of Profile’s engineered fiber matrix hydraulic mulches, erosion control blankets and wood fiber, cellulose and blended hydraulic mulch products. The manufacturing facility in Conover is one of three owned by Profile nationwide. Its other two plants are located in Blue Mountain, Miss., and Limestone, Tenn.

The Conover plant isn’t the only Profile manufacturing facility with an outstanding record of safety. In April, the company’s plant in Blue Mountain celebrated 1 million hours without a loss-time incident, a streak that dates back to 2002.

Photo: Representatives from the North Carolina Department of Labor and a host of elected officials joined employees of Profile Products to commemorate 750,000 consecutive hours without a lost-time incident at the company’s manufacturing facility in Conover, N.C.