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Nov. 21, 1995

Potato processing company recognized for outstanding safety record

YAKIMA - Washington Potato, Inc., of Warden, will be recognized by the state Department of Labor & Industries next week for outstanding worker safety at the company's Moses Lake-area potato processing plant.

The 125-employee plant recently completed a 15-month period in which no worker suffered an injury that necessitated time off from work under the workers' compensation system.

"This is an opportunity to acknowledge a company that recognizes the value of worker safety and brings it to the workplace," said Rudy Arellano, L&I's regional administrator for Central Washington. "We need to celebrate with successful employers who make the extra effort to provide safe and healthful workplaces for their employees."

Arellano will present the award to company officials at 3 p.m. Nov. 30 at the processing plant in Warden.

Mel Savage, plant manager for the regional company, credited his workforce for the company's exemplary safety record.

"All the credit for this award goes to the employees," he said. "We work hard at safety through our educational programs, and all our efforts are geared toward getting safety out in front. We want safety to be a priority in everyone's job."

The Warden plant processes thousands of tons of potatoes, producing potato flakes and dehydrated frozen cubes that are used by soup makers.

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