Gate Precast’s N.C. Facility Lands SHARP Award

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The North Carolina Department of Labor presented the SHARP Award to Gate’s Oxford, N.C., plant for exceeding safety norms in the precast concrete industry.

Commissioner Berry presents safety awards to Owen (L) and Fox (R)

The dedication exhibited by our employees in achieving and maintaining SHARP status is an outstanding accomplishment for the Oxford site. Gate is the only SHARP certified business in Granville County. - Travis Fox, vice president, operations manager

During a June 2 ceremony, North Carolina Commissioner of Labor Cherie Berry presented Gate Precast’s Oxford, NC, facility with both the distinguished Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) Award and the 2 Million Employee Hours Award.

Gate Precast was re-certified as a SHARP company after a full-service visit and review by the North Carolina Department of Labor, which found that the Oxford facility’s injury and illness rates were below the national average for their industry. Additionally, Gate has an active safety committee dedicated to ensuring the workplace remains safe.

Designated for small- to mid-size businesses, the SHARP award honors those companies that have developed and maintained good safety programs for workers. “These awards were accomplished through teamwork, dedication and focus on safety and health by all employees at the Oxford site,” said Gate Human Resources and Safety Manager Bob Madison.

“The dedication exhibited by our employees in achieving and maintaining SHARP status is an outstanding accomplishment,” added Gate Vice President and Oxford Operations Manager Travis Fox. “Gate is the only SHARP certified business in Granville County.”

The presentation of the 2 Million Employee Hours Award was equally significant. “I am very proud of our team in achieving 2 million employee hours worked with no lost time injuries, which goes back to May 2009,” said Plant Manager David Owen.

The Oxford facility services projects in North and South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Washington, D.C., and New York, and began operations in 1986 as a producer of architectural precast and pre-stressed hollow core slabs. Gate Precast acquired the facility in 1995, introducing state-of-the-art improvements. The facility employs 145 and is situated on 41 acres with 75,000 square feet of production area. Gate facilities in Winchester, KY, and Ashland City, TN, have also maintained SHARP status for over five years.

More About Gate:
Gate Precast Company is a subsidiary of Gate Petroleum Company, a privately-held diversified corporation headquartered in Jacksonville, FL. Gate Precast has become one of the largest and most diversified precast concrete producers in the United States, with eight manufacturing facilities, and is known for its design-assist collaboration with design teams. Annually, the company is recognized as a top subcontractor by Engineering News-Record Magazine and wins Best-in-Class PCI Design Awards for a wide range of projects. For more information, please visit

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