Louisville company receives state safety award

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ) – Packaging Unlimited of Louisville has earned the Governor’s Safety and Health Award for its workplace safety, the Kentucky Labor Cabinet announced Thursday.

Labor Cabinet Secretary Larry L. Roberts said between March 1, 2018, and Dec. 31, 2020, employees at the company worked 434,841 hours without a lost-time injury accident.

“This pandemic has highlighted the importance of healthy and safe work environments. My top priority is the health and safety of all Kentuckians,” said Gov. Andy Beshear. “I encourage you to continue to lead by example in providing a safe working environment for all team members. Congratulations!”

Trent Halasek, general manager at Packaging Unlimited, said recognition for safety excellence from the Governor’s office is a testament to the hard work and dedication of every team member.

“In today’s world, safety is discussed more fervently than at any time in the past, and acceptance of this award demonstrates our staff’s ability to apply training and discussion to real-world application,” Halasek said. “We are so proud of our team.”

The Kentucky Labor Cabinet presents the Governor’s Safety and Health Award to highlight outstanding safety and health performance in Kentucky’s workplaces. A business may qualify for the award if its employees achieve a required number of hours worked without experiencing a lost-time injury or illness. The required number of hours is dependent upon the number of employees.

“This company earned this outstanding achievement by implementing a culture focused on safety and health in order to protect employees on a daily basis,” Sec. Roberts said. “I congratulate them and hope to see them continuously grow.”

Packaging Unlimited is a packaging supply company specializing in corrugated box manufacturing. The company, has been servicing the area from the same facility in downtown Louisville since 1975. The company began with only 20,000-square-feet of rented space and two paying customers. Throughout its 40-plus year history, the company expanded to include eight facilities in six cities throughout Kentucky and North Carolina with more than 1.8 million square feet of manufacturing, contract packaging, and warehouse space.

In July 2016, the company was purchased by Hood Container Corporation, the eighth-largest paperboard company in the United States.

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