Amalgamated Sugar marks safety milestone with giveaway to Make-A-Wish

Employees at the Nampa plant have found a fun way to celebrate the 500,000 working hour milestone safely.

NAMPA, Idaho — Employees at a sugar processing plant in Nampa have found a sweet way to mark a safety milestone.

John McCreedy, CEO of Amalgamated Sugar Company, said the company ties safety performance to charitable donations. After achieving 500,000 accident-free hours, employees presented a check for $5,000 to Make-A-Wish Idaho.

“That’s really what today’s event is about: Achieving 500,000 safe working hours in a plant like ours is really, really hard to do,” McCreedy said. “The first time we did this as a company was here at our factory in Nampa.”

An explosion at the facility injured five workers in September 2020.

McCreedy said employees had to choose which nonprofit would receive the donation and selected Make-A-Wish. Previous recipients have included the Food Bank of Idaho, Habitat for Humanity and the Twin Falls Humane Society.

Sugar beet growers, delivery drivers, factory workers and all other employees at the Nampa site worked to achieve the safety milestone, he said.

“It takes everyone. In total, that’s about 1,700 employees. During harvest, that number increases even more,” McCreedy said. “So to hit those 500,000 or 250,000 hour milestones, it really takes every employee, every person involved in our organization.”

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