BorgWarner Receives Top Award For Safety
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WATER VALLEY – The BorgWarner CEO Safety Excellence Award was presented to the Water Valley plant after employees recorded one million hours without a recordable incident. The presentation was made last Wednesday as top corporate officials from the global company traveled to Water Valley to congratulate plant manager Ray Robertson and employees.
The presentation marked the second consecutive year the plant earned the safety award, meaning the workers at the company have logged a total of two million hours without a recordable safety incident.
“You did it again,” Dr. Volker Weng, President and General Manager of BorgWarner Transmissions exclaimed as hundreds of employees were assembled in the parking lot last Wednesday. “It is a privilege and honor for me to be here on behalf of our CEO to celebrate this outstanding event.”
Weng noted that he was at the plant just a year ago to celebrate the same award.
“You did it two times in a row – outstanding. One million hours without any recordable incident in operations is a fantastic job. As a former plant manager, I know that this is not an easy goal to achieve. Well done!” Weng said.
Weng also shared that the award triggers a $20,000 donation from BorgWarner for location organizations selected by the local plant He also noted that the local team contributed $2,500 to that amount to allow three $7,500 donations.
Compassion Ministries Director Raymond Aven accepted the first $7,500 check for the food ministry.
“We are proud to be one of the recipients. You have done that for many, many years and we never take it lightly. We understand that everything that we receive from you is because of the love in your heart,” Aven told the group.
The next $7,500 donation went to the Northwest Mississippi Community College Foundation. Dr. Matthew Domas, Vice President of Academic Instruction and College Parallel Programs, accepted the award and also offered gratitude for the investment in the college’s new campus located in Everest in Water Valley.
“We are going to take this money and buy laptops, invest in robotics, maybe some training machines. This money is going to go right back into the community,” Domas said.
Water Valley Main Street Association Director (WVMSA) Alyssa Benedict was next to speak after her organization received the final $7,500 check.
“Our primary focus is on economic vitality and community development,” Benedict said as she shared goals for the organization that includes business retention and new businesses to help the town continue to thrive.
“Your donation and partnership with WVMSA makes us a step closer to accomplishing some of these goals, “she continued. “On behalf of WVMSA I thank you very much for your involvement and giving back to your community.