Oxford facility earns award

Representatives from Gate Precast were recognized at the North Carolina Safety Awards ceremony for its employees' long-time safety record of 3 million hours with no lost time injuries. Pictured from left: Gate Precast human resources and safety manager Bob Madison, Gate Precast payroll/accounts payable and safety committee member Starr Peace, N.C. Commissioner of Labor Cherie Berry and Damon Terry, Gate Precast carpenter/hardware installer and safety committee member.

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During a June 5 safety awards ceremony, N.C. Commissioner of Labor Cherie Berry presented Gate Precast's Oxford facility with the 3 Million Employee Hours Award for time without a lost workday injury.

Plant manager David Owen says the award covers a time period beginning in May 2009.

Gate Oxford is also a Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) certified employer. Designated for small to mid-size businesses, SHARP honors those companies that achieve lower lost workday rates than the national average, actively encourage employee involvement and meet established goals for improving the safety and health programs for their workers. Gate is the only SHARP certified business in Granville County.

"The 3 Million Employee Hours Award was accomplished through teamwork, dedication and focus on safety and health by all employees at the Oxford site," said Bob Madison, Gate's human resources and safety manager.

"The dedication and vigilance to safety exhibited by our Gate team in achieving this tremendous award is an outstanding accomplishment," added Gate Vice President and Oxford Operations Manager Travis Fox.

The Oxford facility services projects in North and South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Washington, D.C., and New York, and began operations in 1986 as a producer of architectural precast and pre-stressed hollow core planks. Gate Precast acquired the facility in 1995, introducing state-of-the-art improvements. The facility employs 150 and is situated on 41 acres with 75,000 square feet of production area. Gate facilities in Winchester, Kentucky, and Ashland City, Tennessee, have also maintained SHARP status for over five years.