Five Mid-South cotton gins have been recognized for achieving perfect 100 percent ratings on their safety programs during 2004.

Receiving Most Outstanding Award plaques at the annual meeting of the Southern Cotton Ginners Association at Memphis were B&B Cotton Company, Campbell, Mo.; Columbus Gin Association, Shaw, Miss.; Longtown Gin, Mason, Tenn.; Tanner & Company, Frogmore, La.; and Zion Gin, Brownsville, Tenn.

“These operations have made a commitment to put safety first,” said Larry Davis, SCGA safety director. “The programs they've put in place emphasize safety on a day-in, day-out basis, and make accident prevention a key goal for every person at the gin.”

SCGA provides a broad range training aids and safety materials to help gins maintain an emphasis on eliminating accidents and injuries.

Other safety awards presented at the conference were:

  • Most improved safety program in SCGA — Gift Gin Company, Covington, Tenn.

  • Most outstanding safety program state winners — Dumas Cotton Gin, Dumas, Ark.; McNutt Gin, Boyce, La.; Avon Gin, Avon, Miss.; White Oak Gin, White Oak, Mo.; and ARP Cotton Company, Ripley, Tenn.

  • Most improved safety program state winners — Epstein Gin, Lake Village, Ark.; Valley Gin, Shreveport, La.; Hi-Grade Gin, Winona, Miss.; and Farmers Union Gin, Senath, Mo.

Gins receiving excellence awards for safety program ratings of 94 percent or higher were:

Arkansas — McGehee Producers, McGehee; Black Oak Gin, Black Oak; Shawnee Village Gin, Joiner; Tillar Gin, Tillar; McClendon, Mann & Felton Gin, Marianna; Pendleton Gin, Dumas; Winchester Gin, Winchester; Delta Cotton Coop, Marmaduke; McGehee Growers, McGehee.

Louisiana — Tri-Parish Gin, Lettsworth; Lagniappe Cotton Company, Hamburg; Corey Gin Company, Columbia; Hollybrook Gin, Inc., Lake Providence.

Mississippi — Mattson Gin, Mattson; Silver Creek Gin, Holly Bluff; Calhoun County Gin, Calhoun City; Eagle Lake Gin, Vicksburg; Bruton Gin, Hollandale; Hood Gin No. 1 and No. 2, Gunnison; Vaiden Farmers Gin, Vaiden; Tunica Gin Corp., Tunica.

Tennessee — Phoenix Gin, Tiptonville; Tennessee Gins, Covington; Farmers Gin of Humboldt, Humboldt; L&H Gin Company, Alamo.


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