Boat builders recognized for safety milestones

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Brunswick Corp. handed out Gold Safety Awards earlier this week for million-hour increments without lost-time incidents to two of its manufacturers, the company said in press releases Tuesday. Sea Ray and US Marine facilities have reached the milestones.

Sea Ray Boats employees at the Tellico Lake facility in Vonore, Tenn., have achieved 3 million work hours without a lost-time incident. This is the third consecutive year the facility has won the award. Sea Ray’s Riverview plant in Knoxville, Tenn., has reached 1 million work hours without a lost-time incident. It is the first time the location is being honored.

US Marine’s Pipestone, Minn., production facility has achieved 1 million work hours without a lost-time incident. US Marine makes Bayliner, Maxum, Trophy and Meridian Yachts.

To celebrate these accomplishments, Dustan McCoy, Brunswick chairman and CEO, and Peter Hamilton, Brunswick Boat Group president, visited the facilities to present the Gold Safety Awards in person.

In conjunction with the awards, Brunswick Corp. has committed to donations on Sea Ray and US Marine’s behalf. Sea Ray employees at the Tellico Lake facility elected to split their $100,000 award evenly between the Monroe County Boys and Girls Club in Madisonville, Tenn., and St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. Sea Ray’s Riverview facility employees chose to donate their $10,000 award to the Shriners Hospital for Children in Knoxville, Tenn.

In addition to the $10,000 prize from Brunswick, US Marine contributed $10,000 for Pipestone facility employees to donate. They chose to split the $20,000 among four community organizations: the Pipestone Fire Department, Pipestone Ambulance Association, Pipestone Community Hospice and Pipestone After School Program/City Youth Recreation.

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