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Timber Products earns workplace safety honor

WHITE CITY -- The Spectrum division of Timber Products was honored Wednesday for completing Oregon OSHA's Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program, making it one of 27 companies in the state to do so.

The program, called SHARP, is free to businesses. Companies have state consultants examine their occupational safety programs and plant and then correct any problems that are found.

At a lot of businesses, the safety program gets stalled out, they don't know where to go, says state consultant Steve Beech. ``SHARP provides a road map.

The Spectrum division, a speciality wood products plant, has seen injuries decline significantly while the workforce doubled to 55 people, according to the state. It has been working toward the SHARP recognition since February 1998.

U.S. Cellular donates to education center

U.S. Cellular donated $54,000 to the Education and Resource Center at its open house this week.

The center, located in the Rogue Valley Mall, helps businesses, job seekers and others get employment information and other services.