Lippert’s Plant 50 Earns VPP Merit Certification
April 12, 2021
Elkhart, Ind. — Lippert Components, Inc. (Lippert™) has partnered with the Indiana Department of Occupational Health and Safety (IOSHA) and its Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) and is proud to announce that its Plant 50 has been recognized with Merit Certification through 2022.
The Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) is a partnership with IOSHA to promote effective health and safety programs in manufacturing and other industries. Recognition as a VPP Merit Site is referred to as “a testament to sustained excellence in all areas of your safety and health management system.” Plant 50, which produces furniture and mattresses for the RV industry along with mattresses for college dorms and over-the-road trucks, has pursued and secured this partnership to help ensure a comprehensive safety management system is in place. The plant has demonstrated, with all 500+ team members, that their efforts towards team member engagement, management commitment to a safe working environment, hazard control and prevention, and employee training programs are truly world-class.
In order to maintain VPP certification and status as a Merit Site, Plant 50 must submit annual safety and health management system evaluations to IOSHA. Management commitment to the program is essential, and conscious efforts to preserve a safe and healthy work environment is required by all – making maintaining the certification a collective process.
“I’m very proud of Plant 50 for the collaborative work they’ve done to make this happen,” said Ryan Smith, Group President of North America. “At Plant 50 and Lippert as a whole, we constantly strive to be a team that prioritizes creating and maintaining safe, productive, and synergetic work environments while concurrently improving health and safety performances and programs for the betterment of everyone involved.”
While the certification proclaims Lippert as a world-class facility regarding safety, VPP is also of great benefit to Lippert team members specifically. It helps increase employee involvement and engagement; reduces injuries through improved hazard recognition, prevention, and control; and improves employee training, which enhances overall quality. Team members are also equipped with guidelines and a number of employee involvement opportunities so they can do their part and become personally involved in the program.
“The IOSHA Merit Site status is the product of a commitment to a safe working environment and a culture of caring,” commented Erick Click, Vice President of Environmental Health and Safety. “Our wholistic approach to workplace safety underscores that we can continue to use business as a force for good, and we would encourage others to do the same.”
As a leader in the recreational vehicle industry, Lippert’s commitment to going above and beyond to maintain healthy and safe work environments is unwavering. Lippert aims to continuously execute safety measures that revolve around its core values and the protection of its team members, partners, and visitors; and with the VPP certification, the push to do so is elevated.
From over 140 manufacturing and distribution facilities located throughout North America, Africa and Europe, Lippert™ supplies a broad array of highly engineered components for the leading manufacturers of recreational vehicles and prefab homes. It also operates in adjacent markets, including marine, bus, industrial vehicles and trains. Lippert™ also serves a wide range of aftermarket segments, providing high quality products for the caravanning, automotive and marine industries. With over 15,000 team members, and a diverse portfolio of best-in-class brands, Lippert™ adopts a team-based business philosophy and has proven that, by putting people first, the possibilities for growth and development are truly endless.
3501 County Road 6 East
Elkhart, IN 46514