Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - May 6, 1993, Aiken, South Carolina
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Assist Transplant Organization. The parents of the yourn will then be able to file medical bills with the national organization and have payments for the bills made, said
Pauline Allen Hatcher, Mrs. Woodward’s mother
ITior to her death, Mrs. Wood ward told her mother that she wanted the New Ellenton youth to receive the monies if something were to happen to her
She wanted it to go to some oth cr person who needed it like she
did.” Mrs Hatcher said in explaining her daughter’s request
During numerous fundraisers for Mrs Woodward, between $100,000-$150,000 was raised to help pay medical expenses, said Gloria Busch Johnson, who served as chairperson of the fundraising efforts
‘‘I just can’t thank the people in
this area enough,” Mrs. Hatcher said of the support her daughter received during her struggle with the disease that causes the lungs, liver and pancreas to secrete large amounts of thick mucus.
That mucus had clogged Mrs. Woodward’s lungs and made the double lun^ transplant a necessity.
In addition to helping the New
E]llenton youth, Mrs. Woodward started a cystic fibrosis support group in the Chapel Hill, N C., area that helps those awaiting trans plants to enjoy a more normal life and fellowship activities.
Mrs Woodward set up a proram with a local church to donate umiture to those forced to move to Chapel Hill to await transplants.
She started regular meetings and got many area businesses to do nato goods or services for the gath ('rings, Mrs. Hatcher said.
Even though Mrs. Woodward left the arca following her transplant, the group meetings continued and someone else took up the torch of championing causes for cystic fi brosis patients, she said
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“I think these initiatives do empower employees to take a lot of personal responsibility to make sure their activities are safe, that their co-workers activities are safe,” Ford said. ‘‘How these actually are embodied remains to be seen ”
O’Leary gave Former Energy Secretary James Watkins credit for initiating safety measures during his term, but said she learned upon entering office that more work was needed.
‘‘It was clear to me ... what we lacked was a clear expectation around health and safety goals,” O’l^ary said.
Under the new initiative, the department also will develop a comprehensive health and saiety policy by June 30, establish employee-management health and safety committees at all sites and expedite the release of new nuclear saiety rules already in the works.
Environment, safety and health documents from DOE will hence forth be prepared with an eye toward public release, the department said. Safety and health records, which could be used to help assess danger to the public living near the defense plants, would be declassified.
Also, greater emphasis will be placed on the occu^tional safety and health of DOE’s 18,000 federal workers, upgrading those programs to the standai^s applied to contractor workers, the directive indicated.
The plan also calls for strengthened investigation procedures in cases of accidental deaths
The number of fatalities among DOE employees and contractors rose from four in 1990 to seven in 1991 to 15 in 1992, although the latter figure includes 12 people killed in a pair of airplane crashes. Two have been kille(3 so far in 1993.
to each and O’Leary said.
A spokesman for Westinghouse, the contractor that operates Savannah River, said he had not yet had a chance to review the DOE’s 3lan. ‘‘We wholeheartedly em-5race the emphasis on safety and it fits right in with the thinking of our management plan to continue setting (safety) records,” said Bruce Cadette.
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ton); third, Fresca Rutherford (Stop Light Deli); second heat — first, Scott Sampson (Pete Sampson); Erie Radford (Holley Inn); Darryl Thompson (Steve Thompson).
Age 7; first, Warren Rich (Arthur Rich) ; second, Joshua Rains (Palmetto Federal Savings); third. Luke Abney (Abney/Caldwell Builders): Age 8: first, Franny Radford (Holley Inn); second. Timothy W. Redd II (Bradley Plumbing and Heating); third, Katie Myers (Aiken County National Bank.
Age 9: first, Meg Newton (South Carolina Electric & Gas); second, Allyson Wells (ESCA Bookstore); third, Michael Myers (Southern Management Services); Age IO and ll; tie for first, Christopher Barnett (Management Recruiters) and Jennifer Davis (Eejay’s); second, Aimee Callos (Automatic Switch) ; Davis Miniard (Flowers Paint and Body).
LA. Officials Don’t Follow Up On Fire
By The Associated Press
LOS ANGELES - Fire officials failed to follow up on fire-code violations found last month at an apartment house where a blaze this week killed IO people.
After small arson fires at the building April IO and 12, officials found that fire doors were propped open, smoke detectors didn’t work and alarms didn’t function properly — the same violations found after this week’s deadly blaze.
Under city regulations, the Fire Depart, ent should have sent the case to the fire marshal’s office for an emergency hearing.
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fits that mold.
Q; How has this change in majority ownershipibeen received?
A: There is no question that the purchase has been viewed enthusi
astically by our associates, management, the financial community, our suppliers, and most important ly, our customers. During the negotiations, Graniteville was constantly referred to as a well managed company with even greater potential Naturally, this puts us in a positive li^ht with all involved The name Tnarc means
“a new beginning” and we view this as a new, exciting venture involving four good companies (Arby’s, RC Cola and National Propane). Financial experts say the mass potential of tnese four highly diversified companies are awesome.
Q; Do the long-term goals of the Graniteville Co. match those of the
new majority shareholders?
A; We were absolutely amazed at how closely our corporate objectives matched those of the Train Group Early on we saw similarities on quality goals, dedication to )roducing products competitively, )eing good corporate citizens and being fair to those associates who derive their livelihoods from em
ployment with the company. Early on I think Train recognized those characteristics and Graniteville as a company with which they would be proud to be associated,
Q: What is the background of the new shareholders?
A: Both Nelson Peltz and Peter May are established, successful bu.sine.ss professionals. They have
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• Wythe Will
been business partners for many years In the early ‘80s they purchased National Can Company, which later merged with American Can Company, which became the largest food storage company in the United States. After several years of successfully operating the companies, they sola American National Can Company to a French conglomerate Since the sale they have been involved in numerous other companies Q: Has U.S. District Judge Thomas Lambros, of Cleveland, approved the sale of DWG to Train?
A; From early on Judge Lambros was instrumental in spurring along the process of the buy-out. He was involved from the start to finish and ruled favorably on the sale the day before Uie closing, which was held on April 30.
Q: Wliat do you see happening to the Graniteville Co. in the next rive years?
A: Since the next five years will be my last, spanning over a career of 43 years in the business, I want to position the company and its people for a great future in the next century As you know, we have ^ent over $125 million in the last five years to upgrade our equip ment and machinery This is only the beginning. Another $25 million will be spent in 1993 with future expenditures projected over the next five years. The Train Group has assured us we can continue to make these expenditures as long as profits can justify them. That’s fair Graniteville’s sales, margins and product lines will show steady growth over the next five years.
Q: Do you see any positive impacts of the change of ownership?
A: As I mentioned earlier, this is a good marriage between companies with good reputations and potential. Triarc believes in building partnerships with customers ana suppliers So do we at Graniteville. In only two short weeks we’ve gained great respect of those at Triarc. To the letter, they have delivered everything promised — therefore positive impacts are abundant.
Q: In the last couple of years Graniteville has come up with a theme to get employees involved in the company. Do you have one this year?
A: As a matter of fact, we do. Coming off the best year in history and coupling that with other successful years, we decided this year’s theme would be ‘‘managing success.” I think ifs probably easier to manage failure as you continually find opportunity areas to improve. We must remember success IS never final — competitors and others are always tmng to dethrone the leader and most successful companies. Whatever measure of success we’ve gained must be safeguarded.
Q: What does business look like today?
A: Our sold-ahead position has never been higher. Our innovative expertise has positioned us well in the markets we serve. Graniteville associates have better job security than anytime in the history of the company. We are currently finishing twice the number of yards we can produce internally. Our immediate need is another grey mill; however, that’s not in the offering until we get our existing plants completely modernized and competitive.
South Carolina On Bottom Of Top-Jobs List
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON - Colorado, Maryland, Utah and Washington top the honor roll of states in terms of their potential to attract new businesses providing high-paying jobs, according to an annual survey released today.
The Corporation for Enterprise Development gave those states the highest marks in a variety of categories designed to show which areas of the country have the healthiest economies and businesses currently and are doing the most to create high-paying jobs in the future.
At the other end of the scale, the research organization, backed financially by foundations and labor unions, gave its lowest grades to the states of Louisiana, (Jklahoma and South Carolina.
“We have consistently found that states with high grades in investment in the fundamentals of state resources - people, technology, financial institutions and infrastructure — also demonstrate high grades in their ability to attract jobs at good wages,” said Brian Dabson, president of the research corporation.