The RockTenn Company mill in Uncasville reached a major safety milestone last month: a decade without an accident or injury resulting in lost time.

About 100 employees and dignitaries, including President and CEO Jim Rubright and Mayor Ronald McDaniel, celebrated the achievement at the former Smurfit-Stone plant. Director Kenneth Tucker and Program Manager James Pierce of the Connecticut Department of Labor (DOL), Division of Occupational Safety and Health (CONN-OSHA) were also on hand.

At the celebration, CONN-OSHA presented RockTenn's safety manager, John Deveau, with a DOL Certificate of Achievement Award, signed by Acting Commissioner Dennis Murphy. Deveau was commended as instrumental to the company's success, with a personal commitment to leading by example and placing a high priority on employee safety in the workplace.

RockTenn's Uncasville mill makes paperboard products. No other mill in the RockTenn family has ever accomplished decade free injury safety goal.

The company received the Safety and Health Recognition Program (SHARP) designation in 2007, a distinction it still maintains.

Congratulations to RockTenn and its employees.