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Business Notebook: State council honors Capital Safety

Capital Safety has recceived the Governor’s Safety Award given by the Minnesota Safety Council for superior performance in workplace safety and health.

“Capital Safety has long been recognized by our customers for saving lives and preventing injuries,” said Kevin Coplan, president of Capital Safety’s North America organization. “It’s equally rewarding to now be recognized for the strong safety culture within our own facilities. I’m very proud of our employees, especially the members of our Employee Health and Safety Committee.”

The annual Governor’s Safety Awards program, which started in 1934, judges applicants on several years of injury data as it compares to national statistics within its industry and on the applicant’s progress in implementing safety programs.

“Employers like Capital Safety want to protect their employees because it’s the right thing to do,” said Carol Bufton, president of the Minnesota Safety Council. “It’s also good business — an effective safety program helps organizations reduce costs, increase productivity, and stay competitive.”

Capital Safety will be recognized at a Governor’s Safety Awards luncheon May 8.

• The Society for Human Resource Management awarded the Hiawatha Valley SHRM the EXCEL Silver Award for 2013.

The award recognizes a chapter’s accomplishments, activities and initiatives that promote the human resources profession at the local level.

“This recognition is a distinct indication of the chapter’s successful partnership with SHRM to serve the networking and professional development needs of human resource professionals and to the advancement of the human resources profession,” said J. Robert Carr, senior vice president of membership, marketing and external affairs for SHRM.

Larry Hawe, a financial associate at Thrivent Financial’s Two Rivers Regional Finance Office, has qualified to attend the Summit Circle conference by providing “outstanding financial guidance and solutions to members of the organization in 2013,” the company announced.

Of Thrivent Financial’s 2,300 financial representatives, 223 qualified for this honor.

Hawe, whose office serves members in Red Wing and its surrounding communities, will be recognized by his peers from across the country at Thrivent Financial’s annual conference in Chicago. He has been with Thrivent Financial for six years and has been recognized for his performance five times, the company said.

Danielle Killey

Danielle Killey covers local government for the South Washington County Bulletin. She has worked as a reporter for other Forum Communications newspapers since 2011. She graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a journalism degree.

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