AFL Spartanburg Manufacturing Facilities Awarded for Workplace Safety

Spartanburg, SC – AFL, a leading manufacturer of fiber optic cable, accessories and hardware, earned three South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance (SCMA) Plant Safety Awards for manufacturing locations in Spartanburg, South Carolina. AFL’s accessories facility reached more than 6,000,000 hours without a Lost Time Accident. The facility at Hillside Enterprise Park continued its record of zero recordable injuries. And finally, AFL’s Howell Road facility continued its record of zero recordables since it opened two years ago.

Facilities with a low rate of incidents resulting in lost workdays, job transfers or restrictions below statewide manufacturing averages for their NAICS code were nominated and earned the award. The facilities receiving this award manufacture fiber optic cable, accessories and fusion splicers and operate in highly industrial environments.

“Receiving these awards is a significant accomplishment,” explained Geoff VanderVeen, EHS Director for AFL. “It exemplifies the discernment of our associates who are keenly aware of risks associated with manufacturing operations and taking proper precautions to ensure their safety and the safety of others.”

One of AFL’s Core Values is Environment Health and Safety. It is AFL’s policy to operate in a safe, responsible manner, which respects the environment and the health of its employees, customers and the communities where it operates. AFL commits to continuous review and improvement of environmental, health and safety performance and includes objectives, targets and metrics as part of its annual business and operating plans.

The SCMA is the only statewide organization dedicated exclusively to the interests of manufacturers. Its mission is to elevate the quality of life for all South Carolinians by advancing the state’s manufacturing industry. AFL is an active member of SCMA. 

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Founded in 1984, AFL is an international manufacturer providing end-to-end solutions to the energy, service provider, enterprise and industrial markets as well as several emerging markets. The company’s products are in use in over 130 countries and include fiber optic cable and hardware, transmission and substation accessories, outside plant equipment, connectivity, test and inspection equipment, fusion splicers and training. AFL also offers a wide variety of services supporting data center, enterprise, wireless and outside plant applications.

Headquartered in Spartanburg, SC, AFL has operations in the U.S., Mexico, Canada, Europe, Asia and Australia, and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fujikura Ltd. of Japan. For more information, visit Follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter, and “like us” on Facebook. Review our blog or subscribe to our bi-monthly e-newsletter.

Geoff VanderVeen
EHS Director, AFL

Corie Culp
Public Relations Manager, AFL