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TEKNOR COLOR COMPANY CELEBRATES FIVE ACCIDENT-FREE YEARS AT PLANT IN HENDERSON, KENTUCKY

HENDERSON, KY, U.S.A., October 24, 2011: For five years the 45 employees of the Teknor Color Company plant here have become ever more intensely focused on safety, and now the company is preparing to celebrate the result: not a single accident in all that time.

The celebration will take place on November 19 at a dinner and awards ceremony for employees and their spouses, noted Bill Oeth, director of manufacturing, who manages the plant.

The safety drive at the Henderson plant began with daily shift meetings and weekly plant-wide meetings. Then came computerized training on OSHA requirements, peer to peer safety audits, employee reports of near-miss incidents, and other programs.

¡°The constant emphasis on safety caused a change in our culture,¡± Oeth said. ¡°In the past, when there was a minor accident, not much attention was paid, but after a while of running without accidents, the safety program took on a life of its own. Now the first thought an employee has is, Am I doing this safely? No one wants to be the person who brings an end to the streak.¡±

Oeth credits production manager Mike Recknor as the driving force behind the safety program.

Teknor Color Company, a division of Pawtucket, RI-based Teknor Apex Company, manufacturers color additives for plastics. The Henderson plant is one of its two manufacturing facilities. Also at the Henderson site is a separately managed plant operated by a sister division. Thus far the 25 employees there have achieved more than a year without an accident.

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TEKNOR COLOR COMPANY is a leading producer of color concentrates for use in all thermoplastic processes. Other plastics businesses of parent firm TEKNOR APEX COMPANY include the Bioplastics, Nylon, Specialty Compounding, Thermoplastic Elastomer, and Vinyl Divisions. Visit www.teknorcolor.com.

READER INQUIRY INFORMATION: Address all mail inquiries to Teknor Color Company, 505 Central Avenue, Pawtucket, RI 02861 U.S.A. Tel: 1-401-725-8000. Tel. from U.S. only: 1-800-554-9885. Fax: 1-401-724-8520. E-mail: info@teknorcolor.com.