Maplevale Farms had more than 20 drivers last year with no accidents, incidents or moving violations.
The drivers were honored, along with other company employees, during Maplevale Farms' annual safety breakfast. A total of 25 associates were recognized for their safety record by having breakfast prepared by the corporate chef, Aaron Barnes. Breakfast was served by the company's safety committee and members of the Rossbacher Insurance team. The event included associates from the night warehouse team, delivery drivers and night computer operators.
In addition to being treated to an early morning breakfast, each driver who accomplished a full year of driving without incident was issued a certificate of recognition for their safe driving habits and received a Maplevale Farms/Rossbacher Insurance Service safe driver hat that was embroidered with their respective number of consecutive years as accident, incident and violation free.
From left: Mike Bush, Gary Whiteley, Toby Lupole, Jason Bunce, Tom Reidy, Shawn Lafferty, Mike Saxton, Mark Humes, Larry Condron, Dustin Yoder and Tom Woodruff all were awarded by Maplevale Farms during their annual safety awards breakfast. The event recognizes the drivers who had no accidents, incidents or moving violations in 2012. The safety breakfast also honors night warehouse crew members for their safety efforts.
Kem Hasbrouck, Maplevale controller, said it is an event the company holds each year to honor its employees.
''We need to recognize the drivers without any accidents, incidents or traffic violations,'' he said. ''We also award perfect attendance. We feel it is important to award excellence, so that is what we do.''
Maplevale routinely hosts safe driver training seminars in conjunction with their safety committee and Rossbacher Insurance Service.
Hasbrouck said renovations have been completed on its new facility at 2063 Allen St. Ext., Falconer. Hasbrouck said the renovations included constructing a new roof for the building.
''It was quite an expansive project to remove the old roof and put a whole new one on,'' he said. ''It is quite an improvement for the building.''
In December 2010, a portion of the business's warehouse roof in Clymer collapsed following 7 feet of snow during a two-week span. That is when Maplevale Farms moved from its farm-country location to the suburbs of Jamestown into a larger facility.
''There were some challenges at first, and we got through them, but those days are behind us now and things are going well,'' Hasbrouck said about the business's new facility.
According to its website, Maplevale Farms is a leading food-service distributor servicing restaurants, health care providers, schools, colleges, Italian and pizza specialists, caterers, ice cream and specialty shops, coffee and tea shops, bagel shops, delicatessens, and Asian restaurants and buffets. Its service area includes Western New York, northwestern Pennsylvania and northeastern Ohio.