On August 24, Burley Senior Center and Minidoka Senior Center representatives each accepted a $1,250 presentation check at a gathering hosted at Amalgamated Sugar’s Mini-Cassia factory. The factory’s employees were pleased to give these groups the $2,500 in donations as part of Amalgamated Sugar’s President’s Safety Award. The Company implemented the program to reward a factory’s safety milestones by making impactful contributions to community organizations.
For the second time since the President’s Safety Award’s inception, the Mini-Cassia factory achieved 250,000 consecutive work hours without a recordable injury. The factory employees determined to divide their $2,500 contribution between two local organizations that help fight food insecurity among local senior citizens: the Burley Senior Center and the Minidoka Senior Center.
Mini-Cassia Plant Manager, Stan Case, explained the role of safety at the facility. “With such a large-scale, industrial operation, employee safety must always remain a major focus,” said Case. “It was a team effort to achieve this safety milestone, and we’re proud to celebrate by giving back to two organizations that do so much good in our community.”
Working safely and keeping fellow employees safe has become a part of the Mini-Cassia factory’s culture. “You can see just how much safety has become a priority on the factory floor by the growth of our Safety Committee,” said Craig Lindsay, BCTGM Mini-Cassia Local 282G President. “A few years ago, we had six or eight employees, and now we fill the conference room.”
While Minidoka and Cassia County meals on wheels programs receive some grant funding, the programs rely heavily on community support. These critical assistance programs always need monetary donations and volunteer drivers to help deliver meals. Through these organizations’ efforts, thousands of meals are provided to area seniors each month.