Safety First at Mars Petcare in Miami, Oklahoma
On April 28th, Mars Petcare was awarded the Three Million Man Hour Safety Award from the Oklahoma Department of Labor for accruing three million work hours over seven years without a lost day away from work due to a work-related injury or illness.
To celebrate this milestone, Mars Petcare hosted an interactive Day of Safety and luncheon for Associates and honored guests. Chris Benge, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin’s Chief of Staff, presented the Mars Petcare team with a state proclamation from the Governor. Miami City Manager Dean Krutih provided a city proclamation, while Miami Regional Chamber of Commerce CEO Steve Gilbert provided some additional remarks. Also in attendance were Paul Peepers, Oklahoma Department of Labor Assistant Director of Safety Standard, and Miami City Councilmen Brian Forrester and Neal Johnson. Congressman Markwayne Mullin visited the site a few days later and also issued a proclamation. "The state of Oklahoma is proud to be the home of Mars Petcare", said Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin.
"Mars Petcare has been a strong corporate citizen, and has made a great impact on the local economy. Workplace safety and health is critical, and it's an incredible milestone to reach. It is a testament to the dedication and leadership of every person who works there."
Mars Petcare Associates went through several training stations throughout the day with safety professionals to continue to learn about various ways to stay safe and focus in order to remain accident free in the workplace.
Mars Opens Innovative Office in Rogers, Arkansas
Bringing our mission to life, Mars opened its new Multi-Sales office in Rogers, Arkansas in order to create mutual benefits between Mars Associates and customers. The new facility will house over 100 Associates from Mars Petcare, Mars Chocolate, Wrigley, and Mars Food. The two-story building is LEED Gold certified, with an open workspace, office suites, a work café inspired by Mars Drinks and also includes a dog park.
To celebrate the opening, Mars held a ribbon cutting ceremony on May 1. Guests included Bentley Story, Director of Business Development at the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, Ben Cline, Public Relations Specialist for the City of Rogers, and Steve Cox, Senior VP of Economic Development for the Rogers-Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce.
“Mars continues to grow their Arkansas presence, on both the manufacturing and retail support side,” said Mike Preston, Executive Director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission.
“We are fortunate to have a company like Mars investing in Arkansas from Rogers to Fort Smith to Russellville. We look forward to Mars’ continued success in the state.”
The new office signifies yet one more way Mars invests in its Associates and the communities in which it operates.