HanesBrands’ (PPAI 191138) Canterbury Distribution Center, in Kings Mountain, North Carolina, has been recognized by the North Carolina Department of Labor (NCDOL) for reaching two million employee hours without injury.

One of 21 facilities in the state to receive the recognition in the first half of 2017, this is the third time this year the NCDOL has honored the supplier’s safety achievements. It honored the Cleveland Distribution Center, also in Kings Mountain, for reaching two million employee hours without an injury in February and the Almondridge Distribution Center, located in Rural Hall, for achieving one million safe hours in June. The NCDOL million-hour safety awards are given to facilities that accumulate one million or more employee hours with no cases of injury or illness that involve days away from work.

“It is always a big achievement when companies in North Carolina exceed expectations of safety and health in their workplace,” says NCDOL Commissioner Cherie Berry, who was onsite to present the certificate to Joel Long, director of distribution for HanesBrands, and the facility’s more than 300 employees. “HanesBrands’ Canterbury Distribution Center in Kings Mountain has demonstrated that commitment with this recent award, and I applaud them.”

Long adds, “It is an honor for our Kings Mountain team to be recognized twice in one year by the North Carolina Department of Labor. We value employee safety at HanesBrands, and it is a responsibility that each of us owns—both for ourselves and those we work with. Achieving two million safe hours at both the Canterbury and Cleveland facilities is a reflection of the strong collaboration and focus of our dedicated employees.”

The Canterbury Distribution Center, which ships Hanes, Playtex and Just My Size products to mass and regional retailers, has received five consecutive NCDOL Gold Safety Awards (2012-2016), one Silver Award (2011) and achieved one million safe hours in February 2016.