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Faygo Beverages of Detroit Receives State Award for Outstanding Safety & Health Record

Contact: Mario L. Morrow 517-373-9280
Agency: Licensing and Regulatory Affairs

October 4, 2010 - Faygo Beverages Inc. of Detroit received the CET Bronze Award today for an outstanding safety and health record from the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA). The MIOSHA program is part of the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor & Economic Growth (DELEG).

"We are honored to present this award to Faygo Beverages for providing their workers with a safe and healthy work environment," said Susan R. Corbin, DELEG Deputy Director & Chief of Staff. "This award recognizes their outstanding efforts to protect their workers, while still meeting the challenge of being economically competitive in today's global marketplace."

MIOSHA Deputy Director Martha Yoder presented the award to Al Chittaro, Executive Vice President of Faygo; Art Hanrehan, Plant Manager; and the plant Safety Committee; who accepted on behalf of all employees. Invited guests, management and employees attended the award presentation and luncheon.

"For 103 years Faygo has made certain that we provide our consumers with the highest quality products possible, and to accomplish that, we have worked very hard to ensure that our employees have had the best possible environment in which to succeed," said Chittaro. "We're proud of our improved safety record, and we thank our employees for their great work. Quality and safety always go hand in hand, and we are committed to both."

Faygo Beverages is classified under NAICS code 312111 - Soft Drink Manufacturing. Faygo's employees have called the Gratiot Avenue facility home for over 75 years. Some are represented by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Union, Local 337 and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, Local 60

The MIOSHA Consultation Education and Training (CET) Division recognizes the safety and health achievements of Michigan employers and employees through CET Awards, which are based on excellent safety and health performance. The CET Bronze Award recognizes leadership and commitment to workplace safety and health resulting in significant improvement of their MIOSHA record.

The company has completed the following criteria to receive the Bronze Award: 
  • Developed and implemented a comprehensive safety and health management system; 
  • Established a safety and health committee, with both employee and management participation; 
  • Developed an employee training system, with an emphasis on how to do the work in a safe and healthful manner; 
  • Worked diligently to change their workplace culture to reflect the importance of worker safety; and 
  • Reduced their injury/illness incident rate by more than 50 percent within the last three calendar years.


Faygo Beverages significantly reduced their incident rates over the last three years. Their total case incidence rate (TCIR) was 10.8 in 2007, 4.6 in 2008, and 3.7 in 2009. Their total day's away/restricted cases (DART) rate was 3.4 in 2007, 1.7 in 2008, and 2.6 in 2009.

Faygo Beverages has a well developed safety and health system and an active Safety and Health Committee. CET Senior Safety Consultant Jeff Kelley conducted a hazard survey at the plant. This allowed the company the opportunity to walk through the facility with a MIOSHA representative and correct problem areas that were noted.

"Companies that establish an integrated safety and health program reap the benefits of significantly reducing their injury and illness rates," said Yoder. "Reducing these rates not only protects employees - it has a healthy impact on a company's bottom line."

Faygo was founded in Detroit in 1907 as Feigenson Brothers Bottling Works. Over the years, the company has developed several different types of soft drink beverages and a wide range of flavors including Detroit favorites, Red Pop and Rock ‘n Rye. The company was sold to National Beverage Corp. in 1987. In its September 2009 issue, Bon Appétit magazine ranked Faygo Root Beer as one of the best tasting American root beers. 

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