Auburn company earns prestigious award | Briefs

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USG Corporation, a leading building products company, and its manufacturing plant in Auburn recently earned the prestigious Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Star designation from the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) and its Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH).

Officials from L&I presented the award to the Auburn plant's 49 employees during a ceremony Jan. 16 with Mayor Nancy Backus.

"You've made a commitment," Backus said, "not only to your employer, but to your families that you'll come home safe everyday. I applaud USG and its employees on this outstanding achievement."

The award is the highest recognition within the Voluntary Protection Program. To achieve it, employees and management work together to implement safety and health programs and processes that go beyond standard safety regulations to further protect employees and promote safe operations. There are fewer than 2,500 worksites out of 8 million in all of the U.S. that hold the Star designation.

"We put a focus on safety every day in our work and make sure each of our employees understands its importance," said Tim Miller, plant manager. "We have dedicated ourselves to safety, and being recognized with a VPP Star is an honor."

The Auburn plant, acquired by USG in 1999, contains more than 106,000 square feet of manufacturing space. Auburn employees have an exceptional safety record, and have worked more than 1.1 million hours and 2,940 days without a lost-time injury.

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• Glenn's Appliance Repair has opened at 4214 O place NE, Auburn.

Glenn Milner, a Renton Technical College graduate who majored in major appliance and refrigeration, is the owner.

"I recently started this business and would like to let the city of Auburn know that I am here to serve them," Milner said. "I am fast, dependable, and guarantee my work."


Hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call 206-310-4288.

• The Auburn Valley Animal Clinic hosts a Seahawks Spirit Party for Canines from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday. The clinic is at 1306 Harvey Road.

Seahawks coloring of nails, tails or ears is $10, a team logo shaved into the fur is $30.

For more information, call 253 939 0630, email or visit

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