Allegheny Wood Product’s commitment to not only produce quality hardwood products, but to produce hardwood products in a safe and environmentally sound manner, was celebrated at the Petersburg Dry Kiln Facility on Tuesday May 17th . The Petersburg crew was celebrating one year with no lost time accidents. Employees gathered for a catered barbecue lunch where each member of the team received a $100 safety bonus and T-shirts celebrating the milestone.
“I’m proud of our crew at Petersburg. They’ve done a great job of staying focused on safety while doing outstanding work every day. I’m happy that we could get together and celebrate their achievement,” said plant manager Brian Booth.
Recent retiree Freddie Nelson was also honored for his 28 years of service with AWP. Company president John Crites II shared some history with the crowd of his time working with Freddie. “I hired Freddie 28 years ago and put him on the green chain at the sawmill we were running here in Petersburg, and he immediately was outworking a bunch of younger guys we had working at the time. You’d be hard pressed to find a harder worker and more trustworthy employee than Freddie. Truly one of my all-time favorite people.” Said Mr. Crites.
The Petersburg Dry Kiln Facility is the site of the first AWP kilns. Currently there are sixteen kilns with capacity of 950,000 board feet. Annual kiln production capacity is more than 20 million board feet. Forty-five people are employed at the Petersburg facility.