The last time an injury or major spill occurred at JM’s LaPorte, Texas plant, Bill Clinton was president of the United States. That year, the EU agreed upon the Euro as a singular currency. Google was founded.
It was 1998. Now, 25 years later, employees at the plant – which manufactures Trymer Polyisocyanurate Insulation, used to fit over pipe equipment or for use in specialty applications – is celebrating a quarter century free of injury or spill.
“This kind of strong safety performance only happens as a result of consistent effort and commitment from everyone who works at the plant,” said Kelly Weiss, plant manager.
LaPorte is a process safety management site because hazardous materials are used to create the insulation manufactured there, so safety is a top priority for each of the 10 employees at the plant.
“It’s a close-knit team, most of whom have worked there for many years, including multiple employees with well over 25 years of service, and they have developed a culture where employees always look out for each other and are comfortable giving each other feedback when it comes to safety,” Kelly said.
Every employee at the plant has responsibilities in multiple areas. That makes for strong lines of communication regarding safety.
“I feel lucky to be able to work with a great group of people! I’m really proud of the whole team and the positive culture that they have developed over the years,” Kelly said.