WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.--HanesBrands (NYSE: HBI), a leading global marketer of everyday basic apparel under world-class brands, today announced that its Canterbury Distribution Center, located in Kings Mountain, North Carolina, is one of 21 facilities in the state to achieve 2 million employee hours without injury during the first half of 2017.
This marks the third time in 2017 that Hanes has been recognized for its safety achievements. The North Carolina Department of Labor honored the Cleveland Distribution Center, also in Kings Mountain, for reaching 2 million employee hours without an injury in February and the Almondridge Distribution Center, located in Rural Hall, for achieving 1 million safe hours in June. The NCDOL million-hour safety awards are given to facilities that accumulate 1 million or more employee hours with no cases of injury or illness that involve days away from work.
NCDOL Commissioner Cherie Berry was onsite at Canterbury to present the certificate to Joel Long, director of distribution for HanesBrands, and the facility’s more than 300 employees.
“It is always a big achievement when companies in North Carolina exceed expectations of safety and health in their workplace,” Commissioner Cherie Berry said. “HanesBrands’ Canterbury Distribution Center in Kings Mountain has demonstrated that commitment with this recent 2 million safe hour award, and I applaud them.”
Long commended the Canterbury Distribution Center team for the achievement: “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,” he said. “Achieving 2 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 1 million safe hours in February 2016.
HanesBrands, based in Winston-Salem, N.C., is a socially responsible leading marketer of everyday basic innerwear and activewear apparel in the Americas, Europe, Australia and Asia-Pacific. The company sells its products under some of the world’s strongest apparel brands, including Hanes, Champion, Maidenform, DIM, Bali, Playtex, Bonds, JMS/Just My Size, Nur Die/Nur Der, L’eggs, Lovable, Wonderbra, Berlei, and Gear for Sports. The company sells T-shirts, bras, panties, shapewear, underwear, socks, hosiery, and activewear produced in the company’s low-cost global supply chain. A member of the S&P 500 stock index, Hanes has approximately 68,000 employees in more than 40 countries and is ranked No. 432 on the Fortune 500 list of America’s largest companies by sales. Hanes takes pride in its strong reputation for ethical business practices. The company is the only apparel producer to ever be honored by the Great Place to Work Institute for its workplace practices in Central America and the Caribbean, and is ranked No. 110 on the Forbes magazine list of America’s Best Large Employers. For eight consecutive years, Hanes has won the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Energy Star sustained excellence/partner of the year award – the only apparel company to earn sustained excellence honors. The company ranks No. 172 on Newsweek magazine’s green list of 500 largest U.S. companies for environmental achievement. More information about the company and its corporate social responsibility initiatives, including environmental, social compliance and community improvement achievements, may be found at www.Hanes.com/corporate. Connect with HanesBrands via social media on Twitter (@hanesbrands) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/hanesbrandsinc).