Lachine, January 12, 2016 – MAAX Bath Inc. (www.maax.com), a leader in the North American bathware industry, is pleased to announce that its Tring-Jonction plant has received an occupational health and safety award in the large business category for the Chaudière-Appalaches region from the Commission des normes, de l’équité, de la santé et de la sécurité du travail (CNESST). The company is also nominated for the national gala slated to take place in spring 2016.
“We are proud to receive this recognition that attests to our long-standing commitment to the health and safety of our employees. I applaud the work of the Tring-Jonction Kaizen team—namely Sylvain Therrien, Sylvain Paré, Jean Gilbert, and Annie Caouette—who masterfully led this project,” said Nicolas Cloutier, Plant Manager.
“Congratulations to the entire MAAX team for their innovation that has led to this well‑deserved nomination. Our region is fortunate to have companies like MAAX who are true leaders in health and safety,” said Thérèse Blanchet, regional director of the Chaudière‑Appalaches CNESST.
The team developed a box handler on a bridge crane to reduce the risk of back and other musculoskeletal injuries. Spearheaded in fall 2013, the project was launched in winter 2014 with the creation of an apparatus that moves lengthwise and crosswise along a bridge crane. The "Harley" (as it was nicknamed by the Tring-Jonction employees) is relatively simple to operate and features controls on the steering wheel so that the operator can grab boxes with lateral grippers.
“Packaging is an important step that all products must go through. Those who have used the Harley say they never want to work without it again as it requires much less physical effort,” said warehouseman and workers’ representative Richard Grégoire.
“This innovative solution allows us to eliminate the risk of accidents at the workplace related to handling boxes. The new equipment could eventually be adapted and installed in other MAAX plants,” added health and safety advisor Camille Lirette.
The Tring-Jonction plant designs and manufactures bathware products, including bathtubs, showers, and Utile, the brand-new innovative shower wall solution that was launched in 2015. Easy to install and care for, U tile offers an alternative to traditional ceramic tiles.
MAAX Bath Inc. is a leading North American manufacturer of trend‐setting and award‐winning bathroom products, such as bathtubs, showers and shower doors. MAAX wants its customers to "enjoy the experience" by offering stylish and innovative quality products coupled with world‐class customer service practices that make doing business easy and efficient for all.
MAAX offerings are available through specialty boutiques, plumbing wholesalers and home improvement centers.
MAAX Bath Inc., founded more than 45 years ago in Quebec, employs more than 1,200 people and currently operates eight manufacturing facilities, three North‐American customer care centers and an extensive showroom and distribution network throughout the United States and Canada. MAAX's focus on providing clients the ultimate experience in bathware products drives its R&D department to design and engineer innovative new products.