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USG earns Voluntary Protection Program Star

BY HBSDEALER Staff

USG Corporation’s Auburn, Wa., manufacturing plant has earned a Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Star from the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries and its Division of Occupational Safety and Health.

L&I officials presented the award, which is the highest accolade within the VPP, to the plant’s 49 employees Thursday. The Star, which has only been awarded to approximately 2,500 worksites out of 8 million in the U.S., recognizes the company’s efforts to go above and beyond with its safety and health programs.

“We put a focus on safety every day in our work, and make sure each of our employees understand its importance,” said Tim Miller, plant manager. “We have dedicated ourselves to safety, and being recognized with a VPP Star is an honor.”

The Auburn plant maintains a safety record of more than 1.1 million hours worked and 2,940 days without a lost-time injury. It is the 15th of USG’s manufacturing plants to achieve the Star designation, in addition to three L&W Supply locations.

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PPG promotes McDonald to VP fiber glass

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PPG Industries, the Pittsburgh-based coatings company, has promoted Kevin McDonald to the role of VP fiber glass.

Beginning March 1, McDonald will transition from his current role as PPG general manager, reinforcements and leader for fiber glass in the Americas and EMEA. He will succeed Thomas Kerr, who is retiring effective the same day.

“Kevin’s deep knowledge of PPG’s fiber glass business will serve the company well as he takes on this important role,” Sekmakas said. “In addition, we thank Tom for his contributions to PPG during his 35-year career. We congratulate him on his many accomplishments and successes and wish him and his family all the best.”

McDonald has been with the company since 1980 and held various roles in sales and marketing.

In his new role, he will report to EVP Viktor Sekmakas out of his current station at the company’s Glass Business and Discovery Center in Harmar, Pa.

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Lynn Wilson is Rayonier’s new EVP

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Raynoier’s board of directors has promoted Lynn Wilson to the post of EVP forest resources.

Wilson, who has over 20 years of experience in the forestry industry, currently oversees 2.6 million acres of timberland in nine U.S. states and New Zealand, as well as the administration of the company’s Land Information Services and timberland acquisition team.

Prior to her role at Rayonier, she served as VP operations support at Plum Creek, where she had held several roles of increasing responsibility.

"Since joining Rayonier, Lynn has led the successful integration of multiple acquisitions, assumed responsibility for our international forestry operations and driven our Forest Resources business to greater levels of operating efficiency," said Paul Boynton, chairman, president and CEO. "This new title appropriately reflects Lynn’s recently broadened global leadership role and her sustained success in leading our forestry operations."

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