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A&E Named One of America’s Safest Companies. Leading Industrial Sewing Thread, Embroidery Thread, and Technical Textiles Manufacturer Recognized for its Efforts to Protect Workers, Production, and Property

MOUNT HOLLY, NC (November 26, 2013)
– American & Efird (A&E) was recently named to the 2013 list of America’s Safest Companies by EHS Today, the leading U.S. magazine for environmental, health, and safety management professionals in the manufacturing, construction, and service sectors. As one of only sixteen companies named to the exclusive list, A&E has demonstrated its integration of extremely high environmental, health, and safety standards into its corporate culture.

“Companies that are named to EHS Today’s America’s Safest Companies list understand the symbiotic relationship between safety and productivity, profits, morale, and employee retention,” said Sandy Smith, Editor-in-Chief of EHS Today. “The marketplace is demanding that companies be sustainable, and they only should be considered sustainable if they protect their most important asset, employees.”

“We are honored to be named one of America’s Safest Companies by EHS Today,” said John Eapen, Vice President of Environmental, Health & Safety/Sustainability at A&E. “It is powerful evidence of our company’s commitment to environmental sustainability and social responsibility, and it will inspire us to continue to demonstrate leadership in these areas for our employees and customers.”

A&E, and each of the companies named to the 2013 list of America’s Safest Companies:

• demonstrate support from management and employee involvement for adherence to stringent safety standards
• provide innovative solutions to safety challenges
• report significantly lower injury and illness rates than the average rates for their industry
• support comprehensive environmental, health, and safety training programs
• demonstrate that prevention is the cornerstone of the safety process
• integrate safety into their corporate culture
• communicate the value of safety to employees and customers
• substantiate the benefits of the safety process

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From left: John DiPaola, Vice President & Group Publisher at Penton Media, Michael Scott, Director Health & Safety at A&E, and John Eapen, Vice President of Environmental, Health & Safety/Sustainability at A&E


EHS Today, formerly known as Occupational Hazards, is an award-winning occupational safety and health magazine which informs safety, health, and industrial hygiene professionals in the manufacturing, construction, and service sectors about trends, management strategies, regulatory news, and new products that help them provide safe and healthy work sites.

American & Efird (A&E) is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of sewing thread, embroidery thread, and technical textiles for worldwide industrial markets. A&E has manufacturing centers strategically located throughout the world and distribution points in 44 countries. With a history dating back to 1891, A&E maintains a longstanding commitment to environmental, health & safety, sustainability and social responsibility in all of its worldwide operations.

In 2011, A&E received safety awards from the government of India for its facilities in Ludhiana and Perundurai, India and from the government in China for its facility in Dongguan, China. In 2012, A&E was recognized with gold and silver safety awards from the state of North Carolina. And in 2013, A&E’s Dongmei, China facility was recognized for its outstanding participation in the Nike Materials Sustainability Index, receiving perfect scores in both its discharge water quality (The Nike Water Program) and water conservation practices. For more information on American & Efird, visit our website at





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