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Newsmakers in business, June 17
Nicki Vaughan of the Gainesville-Northeastern Bar Association, left, accepts the Award of Merit from State Bar President Kenneth L. Shigley.

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Gainesville’s Kipper Tool reaches safety milestone

Kipper Tool Co., at 2375 Murphy Blvd. in Gainesville, reached 1,000 days without a lost workday case on June 11.

During this stretch the company had only one recordable injury, to a contract worker.

The milestone sets a new safety record for the company and is the end result of a concerted three-year effort focused on employee safety.

Kipper Tool has 73 employees on the payroll along with more than 30 working at the company through employment agencies. Established in 1994, Kipper Tool is an authorized distributor for more than 300 tool and industrial supply manufacturers.

Kipper Tool is housed in a 300,000-square-foot facility which includes a 16,000-square-foot walk-in retail store. It is an American Women-Owned Small Business specializing in the configuration, assemblage and management of tool systems, sets and kits to business, industrial, and government agencies.

Kipper has been assisting the U.S. military transform and modernize tool sets for more than 10 years. Today the core of the company’s business is providing support to members of the U.S. military.

“As high-speed as our operations has to be for the war fighter, it is truly an outstanding feat. I am so proud our safety awareness is rising to world class status,” says Michael T. McGraw, senior director of operations.

“We remain committed to ensuring each and every person heads home in as good a condition as they came,” Safety Manager Jim O’Dell said.

Gainesville-Northeastern Bar earns Award of Merit

The Gainesville-Northeastern Bar Association was honored with the Award of Merit for voluntary bar associations of 101 to 250 members, presented June 1 at the annual meeting of the State Bar of Georgia.

The State Bar annually sponsors an awards program to recognize excellence in local and voluntary bar associations. Administered by the Local and Voluntary Bars Committee, awards are presented to winners at the annual meeting.
The Award of Merit is presented to a voluntary bar association for its dedication to improving relations among local lawyers and devoting endless hours to serving their communities.

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