Cooper Tire Plants Earn Prestigious SHIP Awards

Wed Apr 18, 2012 2:24pm EDT

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FINDLAY, OHIO, APRIL 18, 2012 - COOPER TIRE & RUBBER COMPANY (NYSE: CTB) announced today that its Tupelo and Clarksdale facilities earned Safety and Health Improvement Program "improvement" awards for worker health and safety from the Rubber Manufacturers Association. The RMA presented the awards Monday at its annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

Cooper was among just five tire companies earning SHIP honors this year.

The RMA's Safety and Health Improvement Program, created in 1981, recognizes member companies that achieve significant enhancements in worker health and safety with awards. The SHIP awards encourage and reward a company's demonstrated commitment to worker health and safety.

Two categories of awards are presented to companies that demonstrate workplace safety improvements, which are measured by the incidence rate for lost workday cases. The excellence category is for facilities that achieve an incidence rate that is 75 percent better than the average achieved by plants that provide data to RMA. The improvement award is for plants that achieve an incidence rate that is both 10 percent better than its rate in the previous year and the same or better than the RMA average incidence rate.

"We are so gratified by the RMA's recognition," said Cooper Corporate Safety, Security and Occupational Health Manager Eric Kerner. "The SHIP awards for both Tupelo and Clarksdale confirm Cooper's commitment to reducing safety hazards in our operations."

Tupelo Plant Manager Pat Jodon said, "This RMA Safety and Health Improvement Program award is the result of the entire Tupelo Plant team's commitment and dedication to developing a safety culture that strives to attain zero accidents and a belief that all accidents are preventable. The Tupelo Plant team has made impressive strides in driving our plant's safety performance, but under no circumstances will our plant be satisfied until we attain our ultimate goal of zero accidents."

Clarksdale Plant Manager Fred Doster said, "The SHIP award represents a true commitment by the Clarksdale team to improving not only our health and safety programs but our overall environment within the Clarksdale facility."

Forty-one RMA member facilities supplied data for the annual survey to determine the extent of
workplace safety improvements. The data supplied to RMA is identical to information provided to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, which publishes injury and illness information on all industries.

The Rubber Manufacturers Association is the national trade association for the rubber products industry and includes tire manufacturers and retread and repair material suppliers among its corporate members.

About Cooper Tire & Rubber Company
Cooper Tire & Rubber Company (Cooper) is the parent company of a global family of companies that specialize in the design, manufacture, marketing, and sales of passenger car and light truck tires. Cooper has joint ventures, affiliates and subsidiaries that also specialize in medium truck, motorcycle and racing tires. Cooper's headquarters is in Findlay, Ohio, with manufacturing, sales, distribution, technical and design facilities within its family of companies, located in 11 countries around the world. For more information on Cooper, visit,,

Janice Johnston
Cooper Tire

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