JASPER, Ind. - The Indiana Department of Labor announced last week that Kimball International’s National Office Furniture manufacturing site in Jasper has achieved STAR re-certification in the Indiana Voluntary Protection Program.
 
The facility is part of a selection of workplaces that have exceeded occupational safety and health expectations and demonstrated commitment to putting the well-being of Hoosier workers first, says Indiana Labor.
 
The STAR status is part of the Voluntary Protection Program, which provides recognition to Hoosier employers that operate exemplary safety and health management systems. Certification in VPP is an achievement that identifies employers who serve as model worksites for Hoosier workplace safety and health.
 
The Jasper facility’s three-year average total case-incident rate was 92 percent below the national industry average at 0.4, while the site suffered zero days off as a result of an OSHA-recordable injury or illness.
 
Founded in 1980, National Office Furniture manufactures furniture in Indiana and Kentucky. The company focuses on design and manufacturing of furniture solutions under the National and Kimball brands for commercial workplaces, higher education facilities and healthcare environments across the country. Their Jasper facility employs 353.
 
Kimball is the seventh largest contract furniture maker in North America, operating 11 manufacturing plants throughout the continent. It employs more than 3,000.
 

The company reported sales of $768.1 million for the fiscal year 2019, a 9 percent increase over the previous year. The gain was driven primarily by double-digit growth in commercial, healthcare, and hospitality.

Kimball announced a Transformation Plan that will generate approximately $16 million of savings in fiscal year 2020, driven by restructuring related savings of approximately $8 million and an incremental $8 million savings related to lean and continuous improvement initiatives. Restructuring costs will total approximately $8 million.

 
 

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