King Arthur Flour Recognized for Outstanding Workplace Safety
Employee-owned Company Receives Award from Vermont Governor Shumlin
May 16, 2011 Norwich, VT America's oldest flour company has been honored with the Vermont Governor's Award for Outstanding Workplace Safety in the Large Business category. King Arthur Flour was presented the award by Governor Peter Shumlin at the annual Vermont Workplace Safety Conference on May 12 in Burlington.
"A commitment to workplace safety not only protects employees, but allows the business community to reap the benefits of reduced costs," cites a statement from the governor's office. "Typically companies that maintain a safe workplace experience lower costs for workers' compensation and medical issues, increased productivity and employee morale, and the ability to market their business more successfully in the global market.
This is the 9th year a Vermont employer has been recognized for promoting and utilizing an effective workplace safety plan within its facilities.
"I am proud of our safety team's accomplishments as we work toward constant improvement to protect our most valuable assets – our employees," says King Arthur Flour Safety Coordinator Joe Dube Jr. "With our written safety program including everything from hair nets to proper footwear, we literally cover our employees from head to toe!"
The Governor's Award for Outstanding Workplace Safety is sponsored by the Vermont Department of Labor, the Vermont Safety & Health Council, and the Vermont Small Business Development Center.
America's oldest flour company, King Arthur Flour has grown from a regional staple to a brand known nationwide not only for its high-quality flours but for its passion in sharing the joy of baking; from a small mail-order business with five employees in 1990 to the premier baking resource with more than 200 employees today; from a family-owned operation for five generations to a 100 percent employee-owned business. A founding B (Beneficial) Corporation, King Arthur Flour has been named one of Vermont's Best Places to work since 2006; highlighted as one of the Wall Street Journal's Top Small Workplaces and one of WorldBlu's Most Democratic Workplaces in 2008; and received the Outstanding Vermont Business Award and the Better Business Bureau Local Torch Award for Excellence in 2006. King Arthur Flour offers more than 1,000 professional-grade baking tools and ingredients through its catalogue, online at kingarthurflour.com, and at The Baker's Store in Norwich, VT Through its products, publications and educational programs, King Arthur Flour continues to strive toward its mission: To support and seek to expand all aspects of baking by being the highest quality product, information, and education resource for, and inspiration to, bakers worldwide.