The Interlogix Lincolnton facility, located in the Lincoln County Industrial Park, became the first site in the county to receive Carolina Star designation during a ceremony Friday afternoon.
As the state’s top safety honor, the award is designed to recognize and promote effective safety and health-management systems.
Interlogix is a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, which is a unit of United Technologies Corp. In attaining the designation, the Lincolnton facility became one of only 137 sites out of 250,000 across the state to do so.
Companies who complete the Carolina Star Program are considered self-sufficient in their ability to control hazards at their worksites.
N.C. Commissioner of Labor Cherie Berry presented the award following a tour of the facility, during which employees, including an onsite nurse, demonstrated their safety policies.
“Welcome to the family, folks,” she told employees.
She congratulated them for working together to achieve the distinction.
“What you do here impacts companies all over the state,” she added.
Doug Wright, president of automation and controls solutions for UTC Climate, Controls & Security, said the effort has put them in a distinct group of employers.
“I think it’s an important part of our culture to be safe,” he added.
UTC has facilities in other parts of the state, including Charlotte, but Wright noted that the Lincolnton site was the first to complete the Carolina Star Program.
“Jealousy is a powerful motivator,” he joked, alluding to his hope that the other sites also pursue the award, though he acknowledged it is “not an easy goal to attain.”
Mike Vann, Lincolnton plant manager, received the official plaque from Berry, after which the Carolina Star flag was raised outside the Interlogix facility by members of the plant’s safety committee.
The Lincolnton plant manufactures security surveillance and access-control products for commercial, industrial and institutional segments.