Minco Inc., a Ceradyne Company, celebrated its 35th anniversary in Midway on Sept.18 with current and past employees attending the event.
The Midway-based company was also celebrating five years of synergy with California-based Ceradyne.
Minco, which currently has 118 local employees, produces fused silica products that are sold and shipped worldwide.
Minco's many successes over the years in safety, quality, and efficiency are a direct result of the continued outstanding efforts of all Minco employees, a news release stated.
Current performance levels in areas of safety, quality and efficiency are at record levels, the release went on to say.
Special notice was given during the celebration to the company's current OSHA recordable incident rate of 1.2, and more than 500 days without a lost work-day incident.
FIRST EMPLOYEE HONORED
During the anniversary celebration, special recognition was given to Minco's first employee, Ivan Potter, who retired last year.
Potter helped Minco's founder, the late Kenneth Jenkins, start Minco 35 years ago.
Of its current 118 employees, Minco has seven employees with more than 30 years of service.
Current employees also include Jenkins' daughter, Lois Bowman, and his grandson, Brent Potter.
HEALTH, SAFETY FAIR
In addition to the anniversary celebration, Minco also held a health and safety fair with more than 15 vendors present.
Employees were able to visit with various medical professionals from Takoma Regional Hospital, Greeneville Dental, Clement Eye Care, and Mountain States Health Alliance.
Employees were also introduced to a new "Healthy Lifestyle Challenge" as part of Minco's wellness program, with participants in the challenge earning points for various activities such as keeping a food journal, exercising, having health screenings, and meeting with Minco's wellness coach.
Participants in the challenge will be eligible to earn up to $250 as they progress through four different levels over the six-month challenge period from Oct.1 through March 31.
Employees were also given the opportunity to sign up for a tobacco cessation program being offered onsite at no charge to employees through Mountain States Health Alliance.
Also present were representatives from the Midway Volunteer Fire Department, Chattanooga Safety Products, First Tennessee Bank, Consumer Credit Union, Modern Woodmen of America, Sam's Club, and Wheel Sports.