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Arboris Employee receives Leadership Excellence Award

Thursday, April 30, 2015  
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Phil Ulichney, PCA EHS Committee Chairman; Kiel Hagberg, Plant Manager for Arboris-Savannah Plant; Charlie Morris, President & COO-PCA


Kiel Hagberg, Plant Manager of Arboris, LLC – Savannah Manufacturing Plant, was awarded the 2014 Environmental, Health and Safety Leadership Excellence Award on April 16, 2015, by the Pine Chemicals Association.  The award was presented to Kiel during the Pine Chemicals Association Spring Meeting that was held at the Villas of Grand Cypress, in Orlando, Florida. 


The Environmental, Health and Safety Leadership Excellence Award is given to recognize and honor an individual in a top leadership position of a member company that has demonstrated excellence in their organizational leadership skills and strong commitment to manage environmental, health and safety excellence programs as a core value of the organization. 


Kiel’s selection was based on a number of factors, including his safety efforts which drove a culture of change within the organization beginning at the grassroots level. “Kiel implemented the Hazard Recognition Plus ™ system at the Savannah site requiring every operations team member be trained and maintain hazard recognition as a core competency,” remarked David Neely, who nominated Kiel for the award. 


Kiel’s consistent and daily emphasis on safety were key to improvements at the Savannah Manufacturing Plant, including creation of an environment where all departments work together and not at cross purposes.  “Kiel requires all plant leaders and their team members to be actively involved in the near-miss program to correct behavioral and system issues that can lead to someone getting hurt or equipment malfunction or failure,” stated Neely in his nomination. 


Kiel became plant manager in 2012 and has maintained world class safety results at this very complex and highly scientific facility which currently stands at 413,000 hours without a lost time accident. Those under Hagberg’s supervision understand that their well-being and safety within the facility will not be sacrificed for efficiency or cost control. “Kiel teaches and requires all plant employees to (stop the job) anytime someone voices concerns or they are not comfortable with the task at hand,” said Neely.


The Pine Chemicals Association congratulates Kiel Hagberg and Arboris, LLC for their commitment to environmental, health and safety excellence in the workplace and community which they operate.  For more information, visit