Mid-South gins recognized for safety achievements

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Twelve Mid-South gins scored a perfect 100 evaluation in the Southern Cotton Ginners Association safety program for 2005. “All these gins have outstanding safety programs, with a constant emphasis on making everyone aware of the need to put safety first,” said Larry Davis, safety director for the association.

Most Outstanding Safety Program Awards for the association were presented to Cotton Growers, Inc., Dell, Ark.; McGehee Producers Gin, McGehee, Ark.; Pendleton Gin, Dumas, Ark.; Tillar Gin & Fertilizer, Tillar, Ark.; Columbus Gin, Shaw, Miss.; Silver Creek Gin, Holly Bluff, Miss.; McNutt Gin, Boyce, La.; Tanner & Company, Frogmore, La.; B & B Cotton Company, Campbell, Mo.; Sandy Ridge Cotton Co., Malden, Mo.; Longtown Gin, Mason, Tenn.; and Zion Gin, Brownsville, Tenn.

State awards for Most Outstanding Safety Program went to Shawnee Village Gin LLC, Joiner, Ark.; Tri-Parish Gin, Lettsworth, La.; Avon Gin, Avon, Miss.; White Oak Gin, White Oak, Mo.; and Phoenix Gin, Tiptonville, Tenn..

The Most Improved Safety Program award for the association was presented to Kiech-Shauver-Miller Gin, Monette, Ark.

State awards for Most Improved Safety Program went to Alvin Samuel Gin, Paragould, Ark.; Boeuf Prairie Gin, Fort Necessity, La.; Cotton Producers Inc., Bentonia, Miss.; Stoddard County Cotton Co., Bernie, Mo.; and Farmers Friendship Gin, Friendship, Tenn..

Thirty-one gins had safety audit scores of 94 percent and above. They were:

Arkansas — McGehee Growers, McGehee; Black Oak Gin, Black Oak; McClendon Mann & Felton, Marianna; McClendon Mann & Felton #6, Brickeys; Winchester Gin, Winchester; Delta Cotton Co-op, Marmaduke; Schugtown Co-op Gin, Paragould; Dumas Cotton Gin, Dumas; Planters Gin, Altheimer; Round Lake Co-op Gin, Grady; and New Gin Co., Coy.

Louisiana — Lagniappe Cotton Gin, Hamburg; and Associated Producers Co-op, Winnsboro.

Mississippi — Denton Gin, Shelby; Four County Gin, Calhoun City; Bobo-Moseley Gin, Lyon; Good Hope Gin, Tchula; Self and Co. Belen Gin, Belen; Cowart Gin Co., Charleston; Mattson Gin, Mattson; Calhoun County Gin, Calhoun City; Eagle Lake Gin, Vicksburg; Bruton Gin, Hollandale; Vaiden Farmers Gin, Vaiden; Tunica Gin, Tunica; and Vance Gin Co., Vance.

Missouri — Cardwell Co-op Gin, Cardwell; and Citizens Gin Inc., Wardell.

Tennessee — Farmers Gin of Humboldt, Humboldt; L & H Gin, Alamo; and Arp Cotton Gin, Ripley.

Ginners recognized for earning “Certified Ginner” accreditation from the National Cotton Ginners Association were Joe Brown and John Karsten, Tunica Gin Corp., Tunica, Miss.; Kevin Mays, Sandy Ridge Cotton Co., Malden, Mo.; Sam McDaniel, Longtown Gin, Mason, Tenn.; Ronald Smith, Jr., Rayville Producers Inc., Rayville, La.; and Frank Villalobos, Espey Gin Co., Huntingdon, Tenn.

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