Seventeen Mid-South gins have earned highest honors for their safety programs and were presented Gold Awards for Excellence at the annual meeting of the Southern Cotton Ginners Association.

“We're very proud of all these gins and the accomplishments they've made in creating and constantly promoting a safe workplace,” said Larry Davis, safety director for the SCGA. “Our goal continues to be to have an accident-free, injury-free workplace for all gin employees.”

The association conducts an extensive program of personnel safety training for gins, including a wide array of printed materials, signs, videos, and other aids to promote safety awareness.

Gins receiving the gold awards were Citizens Gin Div. of O.H. Acom Farms, Wardell, Mo.; Columbus Gin Assn., Shaw, Miss.; Denton Gin Co. Inc., Shelby, Miss.; H.B. Hood and Sons Gin #2, Gunnison, Miss.; Longtown Gin, Mason, Tenn.

McClendon Mann & Felton, Marianna, Ark.; McGehee Producers Gin, McGehee, Ark.; McNutt Gin Inc., Boyce, La.; Pendleton Gin Co. Inc., Dumas, Ark.; Phoenix Gin Co., Tiptonville, Tenn.

Sandy Ridge Cotton Co., Malden, Mo.; Silver Creek Gin Co., Holly Bluff, Miss.; Stoddard County Cotton Co. Gin, Bernie, Mo.; Tillar Gin & Fertilizer Co. LLC, Tillar, Ark.; and Zion Gin, Brownsville, Tenn.

Gins earning Silver Award of Excellence honors were A.C. Riley Cotton Co. LLC, New Madrid, Mo..

Avon Gin Inc., Avon, Miss.; B&B Cotton Co., Campbell, Mo.; Burdette Gin, Leland, Miss.; Cardwell Co-op Inc., Cardwell, Mo.

Cotton Growers Inc., Dell, Ark.; Eagle Lake Gin AAL, Vicksburg, Miss.; Espey Gin Co., McLemoresville, Tenn.; Gaddis & McLaurin Gin, Bolton, Miss.; Grundfest & Klaus Gin, Cary, Miss.; Lagniappe Cotton Gin LLC, Hamburg, La.

Lake Bolivar Gin Co., Scott, Miss.; McClendon Mann & Felton Gin, Hughes, Ark.; McGehee Growers Gin Inc., McGehee, Ark.; Round Lake Co-op Gin, Grady, Ark.; Shawnee Village Gin LLC, Joiner, Ark.

South Franklin Gin Co., Wisner, La.; Vance Gin Co., Vance, Miss.; White Oak Gin Co. Inc., White Oak, Mo.; Willow Run Gin Co., Greenwood, Miss.; and Winchester Gin Co., Winchester, Ark.

Earning Bronze Awards for Excellence were Adams Land Company, Leachville, Ark.; Arp Cotton Gin Co. LLC, Ripley, Tenn.; Associated Producers Co-op, Winnsboro, La.; Bruton Gin Co. Inc., Hollandale, Miss.; Cairo Farmers Gin LLC, Alamo, Tenn.

Calhoun County Gin Inc., Calhoun City, Miss.; Cotton Producers, Bentonia, Miss.; DG&G Inc., Parma, Mo.; Delta Cotton Co-op Inc., Marmaduke, Ark.; Farmers Gin of Humboldt, Humboldt, Tenn.; Good Hope Gin Co. AAL, Tchula, Miss.

H.B. Hood & Sons Gin #1, Gunnison, Miss.; Kiech-Shauver-Miller Gin, Monette, Ark.

L&H Gin Co., Alamo, Tenn.; Mattson Gin Inc., Mattson, Miss.; Monette Co-op Inc., Monette, Ark.;

New Peoples Gin Co. Inc., Holly Grove, Ark.; Newellton Gin Co. Inc., Newellton, La.; Planters Gin Co., Altheimer, Ark.; Self & Company Gins/Belen Gin, Marks, Miss.; Tanner & Company, Frogmore, La.; and Taylor Stuckey & Patteson Gin, Trumann, Ark.

Winner of the Southern Cotton Ginners Association award for the Most Improved Safety Program for the entire organization was the Catavoy Cotton Gin, Jonesville, La.

State winners of Most Improved Safety Program awards were GPS Gin Company Inc., Portland, Ark.

Anna Gin & Planting, Natchez, Miss.; Bootheel Cotton Co., Matthews, Mo.; and Bemis Gin & Warehouse Co., Jackson, Tenn.