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Bosch Albion Facility Earns Top Honors from IOSHA

Site recertified with Star status for third time since 2003
- Out of 8 million eligible worksites, only .03 percent are Star certified
- Rates of injury and illness remain below state average
- Local and state officials attend ceremony to honor facility

ALBION, Ind. – Bosch announced today that its plant in Albion, Ind., which manufactures electric drive technology, was recertified as a Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Star-certified worksite by the Indiana Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (IOSHA). The Star certification is the highest honor given to worksites with comprehensive and successful safety and health management systems. Star-certified sites, such as the Albion facility, maintain injury and illness rates at or below the state average for their respective industry.

“This Bosch facility exemplifies the dedicated and highly skilled workforce Indiana has to offer,” said Sen. Susan Glick of Indiana. “This award further proves that Bosch is committed to the safety of its associates and the well-being of Indiana residents.”

Bosch’s Albion facility, which is the only Bosch facility in North America to be certified as a Star worksite, was first recognized with the award in 2003, followed by recertification in 2007. Representing a variety of industries, Indiana Star recipients range in size, from seven employees to almost 7,000 and of the 8 million eligible worksites across the U.S., only .03 percent are Star certified.

“Bosch’s Albion facility remains committed to ensuring the highest level of safety, beyond the requirements of IOSHA standards,” said Kevin Parks, plant manager, Robert Bosch LLC. “The recertification demonstrates Bosch’s continued manufacturing excellence and commitment to the well-being of our employees.”

Recertification of the Star status requires effective, ongoing safety and health programs with strong employee participation, thorough company self-evaluations completed throughout the year and proven continuous improvement. To receive the Star certification, the employees at the Albion facility identified areas for improvement within the plant and actively worked together to correct potentially hazardous procedures while maintaining current safety practices and upholding the highest degree of worker safety.

As part of the Automotive Technology Business Sector, the Electrical Drives division develops and manufactures mechatronic components and systems for body applications. The Albion facility supplies electric motors for thermal systems, such as cooling fans, to several automakers including Chrysler, Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Corp.

In honor of its continued achievements, the facility held an award ceremony with Albion associates, as well as Indiana’s VPP manager, Mike Gaskill. Award ceremony speakers included: Kevin Parks, plant manager, Robert Bosch LLC; Craig Larson, director of Health, Safety and Environmental, Robert Bosch LLC; Sen. Susan Glick of Indiana; and Lori A. Torres, Indiana Commission of Labor.

In the U.S., Canada and Mexico, the Bosch Group manufactures and markets automotive original equipment and aftermarket products, industrial drives and control technology, power tools, security and communication systems, packaging technology, thermotechnology, household appliances, solar energy, healthcare and software innovations. Having established a regional presence in 1906, Bosch employs over 22,000 associates in more than 100 locations, with reported sales of $8.8 billion in fiscal 2010. For more information, visit www.boschusa.com.

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. In the areas of automotive and industrial technology, consumer goods, and building technology, some 285,000 associates generated sales of 47.3 billion euros ($62.7 billion) in fiscal 2010. For 2011, the company forecasts sales of more than 50 billion euros ($70 billion) and a headcount of 300,000 by the end of the year. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its more than 350 subsidiaries and regional companies in over 60 countries. If its sales and service partners are included, then Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. Bosch spent 3.8 billion euros (approximately $5 billion) for research and development in 2010, and applied for over 3,800 patents worldwide. With all its products and services, Bosch enhances the quality of life by providing solutions which are both innovative and beneficial. Bosch is celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2011. Additional information can be accessed at www.bosch.com, www.bosch-press.com, and www.125.bosch.com.

Bosch Albion Facility - OSHA Award - November 2011


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