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Hoisington firm honored at state, county levels
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Superior Essex Hoisington Plant Manager Michael Klepper receives a letter of appreciation from Barton County Commission Chairwoman Jennifer Schartz during Mondays commission meeting. The company was honored for recently achieving the state SHARP designation. Also pictured are county commissioners and Essex representatives. - photo by Chuck Smith

A major Barton County employer added county recognition to a recent state honor when the Barton County Commission met Monday.
Commissioners recognized Superior Essex of Hoisington for its recent reception of the Kansas Department of Labor Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program designation.
Commissioners noted that the company’s dedication to safety is appreciated by the county, as is its place as a major employer.
According to information from the county, “SHARP recognizes businesses and its employees that exhibit exemplary performance in the area of safety and health.”
Plant Manager Michael Klepper told the commissioners that not only did the Hoisington staff accomplish the requirements of the program, but they did it in record time.
And that was, in part, because of work that the plants former manager, Brent Rensch, who is now retired, did to create a culture in the plant that got everyone involved.
Klepper also acknowledged Jennifer Lagerman and James Myers for their efforts to achieve the recognition.
The SHARP designation makes the Hoisington plant one of only 158 Kansas firms, out of potentially more than 75,000, to reach the requirements of the program.
Commissioners applauded what the company has achieved and stressed the county’s commitment to continue its close association with Essex.