ThermaTru Doors

THERMA-TRU NAMED HOME SAFETY COUNCIL ALL-STAR FOR COMMITMENT TO EMPLOYEE SAFETY

MAUMEE, OH (July 18, 2005) � The Home Safety Council, which recognizes companies who are committed to employee safety at work and at home, has selected Therma-Tru Doors� as a 2005 recipient of its All-Star Safety Award.

Therma-Tru, which is based near Toledo, Ohio, with 2,300 associates around the world, was one of six corporations recognized as a Home Safety Council All-Star. Therma-Tru was selected for implementing extensive home safety programs in the workplace and working to reduce home-related injuries and deaths, both on and off the job.

"All of the honorees demonstrated an ongoing commitment to making safety an integral part of the home and work environment as well as the overall corporate culture," said Meri-K Appy, president of the Home Safety Council. "We selected Therma-Tru because it has demonstrated a strong commitment to helping keep its associates safe on the job and at home through the development and implementation of associate safety awareness programs."

Since 2000, Therma-Tru has conducted a proactive company wide safety initiative to improve jobsite safety and help its associates transfer those safety practices to their homes and families. It established safety as a core value for the company and formed safety teams throughout all of its facilities. These teams led the effort to analyze workplace hazards, create new work processes, train associates on the new procedures and celebrate the achievement of safety milestones along the way. As a result, Therma-Tru was able to reduce its work-related recordable injury rates by 68 percent and decrease its restricted work injury rates by 79 percent. It also was able to lower its workers� compensation costs and decrease associate turnover.

"Safety is a 24/7 mission at Therma-Tru," said Glenn Dunbar, Corporate Health and Safety Manager for Therma-Tru Doors. "We have found that the top-down involvement of our leadership team has built bottom-up commitment from our associates. We�ve worked hard to engineer the risks out of the job and the results are evident in the safety improvements we�re seeing. However, associates are more likely to be injured away from work, so we created an effort to transfer the safe work practices to their homes and families."

Therma-Tru held health fairs at its facilities and provided educational training on common home hazards, such as yard safety, boating safety, heat stress, fire safety and chemical safety. In creating the training program, the company frequently used materials provided by the Home Safety Council.

Therma-Tru Doors, the #1 preferred brand of entry doors, formed a strategic partnership with Lowe�s (NYSE: LOW) in 2004 to become the retailer�s national supplier for fiberglass entry doors. Now, all Lowe�s stores offer a selection of smooth and grained high-quality fiberglass entry doors with both an in-stock selection and special-order sales offering. For the complete product offering, visit www.lowes.com.

About The Home Safety Council
The Home Safety Council (HSC) is the only national non-profit organization solely dedicated to preventing home-related injuries that result in nearly 20,000 deaths and 21 million medical visits on average each year. Through national programs, partnerships and the support of volunteers, HSC educates people of all ages to be safer in and around their homes. The Home Safety Council is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization located in Washington, DC.

About Therma-Tru Doors
Therma-Tru Doors manufactures the most preferred brand of fiberglass and steel exterior door systems. Founded in 1962, Therma-Tru pioneered the fiberglass entry door industry, and today offers a complete portfolio of entry and patio door system solutions, including decorative glass doorlites, sidelites and transoms, and door components. For more information on Therma-Tru Doors, visit www.thermatru.com or call (800)537-8827.

CONTACT: Therma-Tru, Sara Theis, 419-891-7400 ext. 7426.


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