The basement at Delta Apparel in Maiden came alive Wednesday night with dancing, smiles and laughter.
The textile plant held their annual safety celebration to recognize 17 years that there has not been a medical accident in which an employee left the facility for treatment.
This year also marks three consecutive years that the plant has seen no lost-time accidents, which involves an a badly hurt employee not being able to return to work.
Bob Humphreys, president and CEO of Delta, said the experience was unique and rewarding.
â€œThere has never been a textile plant without medical accidents,â€ Humphreys said. â€œIt makes it fun to celebrate.â€
Tuesday and Wednesday evening of this week, employees from four different shifts gathered for some musical entertainment from the Fantastic Shakers and dinner from Homeplace restaurant.
City officials from the town of Maiden were also there to help celebrate, including Mayor Zane Hudson of Maiden.
Many people got up to dance to the tunes of â€œThe Electric Slide,â€ and â€œYouâ€™ve Lost that Loving Feeling.â€
Everyone was very excited to be celebrating once again.
â€œWe need to keep up the great work and focus on safety and quality and we will be doing this for lots of years to come,â€ Humphreys said.
Denis Carrington, vice president of Manufacturing at Delta, said that over the ten years that he has been in the business, this year has been the most fun.
â€œHats off to you,â€ Carrington said. â€œWe are here to celebrate safety.â€
Employees of Delta receive an extra day off because of the celebration, a t-shirt from Delta and a stadium seat.
A safety flag will be hung outside the plant in order to display their pride.
The flag will continue to fly unless there is a lost-time accident.
Three TVâ€™s were also given away at Wednesday nightâ€™s event.
â€œWe hope for another great year,â€ Humphreys said. â€œWe are proud of our employees.â€ by Amy Wadsworth