N.C. Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry recognized several local companies, Wayne County and the city of Goldsboro for reaching safety milestones May 2 during the department’s 62nd annual safety awards banquet.
The event, one of several being held across the state, was hosted by the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce at Lane Tree Golf Club.
Berry announced in April that she will not seek election to a sixth term in 2020. She said her goal as labor commissioner continues to be focused on ensuring that North Carolina is the safest state in the country for workers.
“All the rules and regulations boil down to a singular goal — be your brothers and sisters’ keeper; love and respect your fellow man,” she said.
Berry was elected to the statewide office in 2000 after serving eight years in the N.C. House of Representatives. She is the first labor commissioner in the history of the state to be elected to a fifth four-year term.
The N.C. Department of Labor is charged by statute with promoting the “health, safety, and general well-being” of more than 4 million workers across the state. The laws and programs it administers affect every worker — and virtually every person — in the state.
Honored on Thursday were:
• Carolina Star Sites: Balfour Beatty Rail Inc.; Marathon Petroleum Co.; Mt. Olive Pickle Co. Inc.; Monsanto Co.; Butterball and OPW.
• Public Sector Star Sites: Wayne County Health Department; and N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Cherry Research Farm.
• SHARP Sites: Lampe and Malphrus Lumber Company; Uchiyama America; Automated Solutions; and Daniels and Daniels Construction Co.
• Silver Awards First Year: AP Emissions Technologies; Balfour Beatty rail traction power group; Goldsboro Fire Department Station 1, utility maintenance division distribution and collection; Wayne County Cooperative Extension Service; Seegars Fence Company; and T.A. Loving Co. bridge division, equipment division and utility division.
• Silver Awards Second Consecutive Year: Goldsboro Fire Department headquarters and water treatment facility; Wayne County Animal Control, Department of Social Services, Emergency Medical Services and Solid Waste Department.
• Silver Award 10th Consecutive Year: Wayne UNC Health Care.
• Gold Awards First-Year recipients: AAR Corporation mobility systems; Agro Merchants Group, Benson and Goldsboro; Brady Trane Service; Goldsboro compost facility, Parks and Recreation Department golf course division and stormwater division; Wayne County Health Department; Daniels and Daniels Construction Co.; Harris Steel Erectors; Lampe and Malphrus Lumber Co. Planer Mill, OPW and retail fueling; SPX Transformers Solutions; and US Cargo Systems.
• Gold Award Second Consecutive Year: Case Farms Goldsboro division; Goldsboro Fire Department Station 3, Parks and Recreation Department/maintenance division, street and storms division; Marathon Petroleum Co. terminal, transport, and rail division, Buffalo Road; Shallco; and Uchiyama America.
• Gold Awards Third Consecutive Year: Goldsboro information technology; Wayne County Office of Emergency Services; and Goldsboro metal recycling.
• Gold Awards Fourth Consecutive Year: Goldsboro Parks and Recreation Herman Park Center, Public Works Department/building and traffic division; Wayne County Library and Public Affairs and Information; Marathon Petroleum Co. terminal, transport and rail division, West Oak Street; and Pearson Pump Sales and Service.
• Gold Awards Fifth Consecutive Year: Goldsboro Fire Department Station 2; Wayne County IT Department; and TA Loving Co. building division.
• Gold Awards Sixth Consecutive Year: Goldsboro general governance and Inspections Department; Wayne County transportation; and Weathers Machine Manufacturing.
• Gold Awards Eighth Consecutive Year: Goldsboro Human Resources Department; and Wayne County Finance Department.
• Gold Awards Ninth Consecutive Year: Goldsboro water reclamation facility; and Wayne County Day Reporting Center.
• Gold Awards 10th Consecutive Year: Goldsboro cemetery and engineering divisions.
• Gold Award 11th Consecutive Year: County of Wayne Board of Elections.
• Gold Award 13th Consecutive Year: Wayne County Development Alliance.
• Gold Award 15th Consecutive Year: Goldsboro garage division; and Wayne County central services, county manager, human resources, inspections and Register of Deeds.
• Gold Award 16th Consecutive Year: Wayne County planning, soil conservation, Tax Department and Veterans Services; Georgia-Pacific Corp., and Dudley Chip-N-Saw.
• Million-Hour Awards: 2 million hours: Uchiyama America, Goldsboro division.