Monett DFA Plant Celebrates Safety Milestone

September 13, 2010

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Because of its commitment to safety, Dairy Farmers of America, Inc.’s (DFA) Monett, Mo., plant has reached a milestone of two years with no lost time accidents. More than 80 employees operate the plant, which manufactures cheddar cheese ingredients and whey products.

“DFA is committed to providing a safe working environment that protects employees, ensures a quality product and reduces costs,” said Mickey Durbin, Monett’s plant manager. “A two-year period with no lost time is an accomplishment that represents our employees’ daily commitment to safe and efficient operations.”

The Monett plant is one of 20 DFA dairy plants across the United States. All DFA plants participate in comprehensive safety programs that protect employees while producing high-quality dairy products and ingredients for consumers.

Under Durbin’s leadership, fourteen employees comprise the Monett plant’s peer-elected safety and harmony committee, including: Daryl Basye, Chad Calvin, Cody Dodson, Roger Henson, Jeremy Huse, Saad Ibrahim, Brandon Landry, Steve Maggio, Joe Mettlach, Raymond Schmidt, Darrell Stockton, Jim Thompson, Tracy Wimberley and Mike Zebert. These employees are responsible for keeping safety awareness high among fellow employees and participating in plant inspections. They also serve the critical role of bringing attention to any potential safety concerns so they can be addressed proactively.

Additional safety measures in place at DFA include a corporate risk management division, new employee education, annual training on a variety of topics, certification programs and instructional signage throughout the plants.