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CITY OF LINCOLN   •   NEWS RELEASE   •   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date:
October 6, 2003

For More Information Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831
Steve Bauer, Lincoln Plating, 475-3671
Charlotte Burke, Lincoln-Lancaster Co. Health Dept., 441-8011

LINCOLN PLATING RECEIVES MAJOR WELLNESS AWARD

Lincoln Mayor Coleen J. Seng today congratulated Lincoln Plating for being one of only 12 workplaces nationwide to be awarded the Platinum Well Workplace Award from the Wellness Councils of America (WELCOA). This award is given only to companies that can demonstrate positive financial results from their wellness program and a strong connection between their wellness programs and their corporate strategic plans.

“Lincoln Plating is proof that an investment in worksite wellness pays in lower health care costs, lower health insurance premiums and a happier workforce,” said Mayor Seng. “The people of Lincoln Plating are to be congratulated for being the first company in Lincoln to achieve this prestigious designation.”

Lincoln Plating, founded in 1952, is one of the nation’s largest and most diverse metal finishing companies. It employs 350 people at the corporate headquarters at 600 West “E” Street. Lincoln Plating developed its wellness program 15 years ago, making it one of the first companies in the nation to do so. The company mandates that each person be checked quarterly for changes in weight, flexibility and blood pressure. Goals are established jointly with the wellness coordinator, monitored throughout the year and included in the job performance review process.

WELCOA will present Lincoln Plating with the award at the company’s “Night of Champions,” its annual recognition event Friday, October 10.

“We want the award to be presented to our people because they are the ones who have worked to make our wellness programs successful,” said Marc LeBaron CEO and Chairman of Lincoln Plating. “We try to make wellness fun with contests, special events and activities. At the same time, we take wellness seriously, and the results are improved attendance and morale and lower health care costs.”

LeBaron said that over the last three years, Lincoln Plating has paid lower health insurance rates than similar companies in the plains states.

“Lincoln Plating exemplifies the best of what worksite wellness has to offer,” said David Hunnicutt, WELCOA President. “Because of the company’s dedication to the health and well-being of its people and commitment to creating an unmatched working environment, this company has truly excelled in the area of workplace wellness. It is my pleasure to add Lincoln Plating to the elite group of Platinum Workplace Award winners.”

Lincoln has been designated as a “Well City, U.S.A.” since the fall of 2000. That designation requires that at least 20 percent of the City’s employees work in businesses that qualify as Well Workplaces. WorkWell, Inc., Lincoln’s work site wellness council partners with the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department on workplace wellness efforts in Lincoln. Currently, 33 businesses in Lincoln have achieved the status of bronze, silver or gold Well Workplaces.

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