STATEHOUSE (April 7, 2014) — State Sen. Jim Tomes (R-Wadesville) recently toured Westech Building Products in Mt. Vernon, congratulating the local manufacturing company on its 2014 Indiana Governor’s Workplace Safety Award for Innovation.
“We are fortunate to have Westech in our community,” Tomes said. “Westech provides good, safe jobs to local residents, and is a part of our state’s growing manufacturing sector. From my tour of the facility and talking with employees, I know this company will continue to innovate, employ more Hoosiers and make a difference in Southwest Indiana and the entire state.”
The Governor’s Workplace Safety Awards program is a partnership of government, business and safety leaders. Award winners are recognized for best practices in eliminating workplace injuries and illnesses.
Westech, which currently employs 114 people, manufactures PVC fencing, decking and railing components. The company has received several awards for its culture of safety, including Westlake Chemical’s President’s Safety Award in 2012 and 2013 as well as its 2013 Safety Excellence Award for Outstanding Performance. Westech is a Westlake Chemical company.
According to the latest labor statistics provided by the Department of Workforce Development, Indiana continues to lead the nation in manufacturing job growth, with 4,600 new manufacturing jobs created in January alone.
Pictured, left to right: Westech Operations Manager Jason Brown, Margie Tomes, Sen. Tomes, Westech Plant Manager Robert Waller, Westech Sales/Customer Service Manager John Burkhart.