1/27/2017 – Automated Solutions, LLC receives SHARP Award from Labor Commissioner Berry

Posted on: January 30th, 2017 by admin


January 27, 2017


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Sawmills-based Automated Solutions, LLC, received the prestigious North Carolina Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) award for an exemplary safety and health management system.


“We are very pleased to welcome Automated Solutions into this elite group of companies who provide outstanding safety and health protection for their workers,” said N.C. Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry. “We applaud your success in the highly competitive protective packaging industry – while you diligently protect your employees.”


Commissioner Berry presented the SHARP Award to Kevin Burch, in charge of health and safety, and the entire Automated Solutions team. Invited guests, management personnel and employees attended the ceremony.


The SHARP program recognizes small business employers who have used the On-site Consultation Program services of the United States Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and operate an exemplary injury and illness prevention program.  According to the OSHA website, acceptance of a worksite into SHARP from OSHA is an achievement of status that singles the company out among its business peers as a model for worksite safety and health.


Automated Solutions CEO Steve Ellis said, “Our customers can be rest-assured that they are supporting a company who cares about the safety of its employees.  We continually place safety as the most important thing we do and think about on a daily basis.  It is the first point in our Safety-Quality-Service triangle, and we are very excited to be recognized for doing as we say.”


The company has an excellent system in place, which incorporates each of the seven required SHARP elements: Hazard Anticipation and Detection; Hazard Prevention and Control; Planning and Evaluation; Administration and Supervision; Safety and Health Training; Management Leadership; and Employee Participation.


Caldwell County Economic Development Commission Executive Director Deborah Murray noted “out of the 161 SHARP sites in North Carolina, Automated Solutions is one of the approximately 40 percent of those sites which are manufacturing in nature.  They are also the first company in Caldwell County to be so recognized.”


Automated Solutions is a privately-held diversified manufacturing company with product lines primarily in the packaging industry with polyethylene foam rolls, Cro-nel® and Nyvel® protective packaging wrap, specialty multi-layer furniture bags that eliminate rub damage in shipping, polyethylene foam Cold Seal wrap, packaging equipment, and replacement vacuum cutting surfaces.  The company’s products are sold across the U.S. as well as into Europe, Australia, and Mexico.  Some of the company’s packaging products are featured in the storage and organization department of The Home Depot.  The company has been in operation for over 18 years.



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