Boston Whaler's Edgewater facility in Edgewater, Florida, was one of six facilities around the world to receive the Chairman's Safety Award conducted by parent company, Lake Forest, Illinois-based Brunswick Corporation. The awards recognized the safety and health performance of the facilities during 2014.
At a ceremony in early June 4, Brunswick Chairman and CEO Dustin McCoy presented Whaler's safety committee with the award, and Boston Whaler announced that it would donate the prize money received in conjunction with the award to local charity Cudas Unhooked.
In his opening remarks, Boston Whaler President Huw Bower addressed the crowd of assembled employees, who were joined by Brunswick executives and members of the press. "I am incredibly proud of our team for this accomplishment,' Bower said. "The safety and well being of our employees is of paramount concern. It's through a shared commitment among everyone at Boston Whaler that we've maintained the highest standards, even as we have grown our manufacturing facilities by nearly 60,000 square feet in recent months. It's an exciting period of growth and innovation that would not be possible without the hard work of our entire staff. We're gratified to receive recognition from Brunswick for our ongoing efforts in the realm of health and safety.'
In addition to Boston Whaler, the other recipients included:
• Palm Coast Boat Manufacturing in Flagler Beach, Florida
• Brunswick Recreational Boats in Venore, Tennessee
• Mercury Marine Plant 28 in Petit Rechain in Belgium
• Mercury Plant 22 in Juarez, Mexico
• Mercury Marine Outboards Plant 58 in Suzhou, China
Palm Coast employees chose to donate the monetary award to Vitas Community Connection of Daytona Beach, Florida, which helps local hospice patients and their families.
The purpose of the Chairman's Safety Award program is to encourage, recognize and reward employees and facilities that have achieved outstanding safety and health performance through promoting and practicing safety awareness, ultimately minimizing workplace incidents and injuries.
In his remarks at the Boston Whaler ceremony, McCoy commended the group for its outstanding performance. "At Brunswick, we believe it is everyone's responsibility to contribute to safety in the workplace,' he said. "We have high standards at Brunswick and work hard each day to ensure the safety of our employees and the communities in which they work and live. We congratulate Boston Whaler and its employees on this tremendous accomplishment.'
Boston Whaler's Environmental Health and Safety Manager Chris Carver then took the floor to introduce the safety team and to announce Cudas Unhooked as the recipient of the US $10,000 Brunswick award money, with an additional contribution of US $1,700 directly from Boston Whaler.
The local organization's mission is to provide necessary support to financially challenged or at-risk students of New Smyrna Beach High School. Cudas Unhooked Chairman, Shawn Lane, and his son, Chad, thanked everyone and explained that the money will be put towards building a new five-bedroom home, just two blocks from the high school, to house students in need. Whaler's contribution will cover the cost of lumber to complete the project.