Saputo Creamery, with 11 dairy plants around the nation, awarded the Tulare facility with its “Gold Star Plant” award. Management at the facility credited the workers—members of Local 517—for the honor. The plant has nearly doubled in size over the last three years, and currently have about 140 bargaining unit employees.
The company took many factors into account in designating the Tulare plant as the Gold Star plant. One was that, for the first time, the plant set a record in 2019 of over a million pounds of production. Also, over three years and a million work hours, there was not one lost-time injury.
“This is a great company to work with and we have a great relationship,” says Business Agent Steve Nelson. “It just shows what happens when the workers are treated with dignity and respect.”