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Safety Sciences Graduates Take Part in Owens Corning Production-Line Rebuild

IUP safety alumni at Owens Corning

From left: Tyler Grayson ’15; Laura Helmrich Rhodes ’88, M’93, of the IUP Safety Sciences faculty; Brandon Lawson ’13; Ann DeValerio ’89, ’16; and Chris Sheehan ’10.

Ken Shankle and Brandon Lawson

Ken Shankle ’10 and Brandon Lawson ’13

When Owens Corning’s fiberglass insulation plant in Fairburn, Georgia, went through a multi-million-dollar rebuild of its production line last summer, a heavily IUP-fueled team oversaw the project’s safety.

The project—involving plant-wide upgrades and equipment additions, including Fairburn’s first robot—required round-the-clock work under stringent safety rules and regulations. Owens Corning’s Ann DeValerio ’89, ’16 and Tyler Grayson ’15 provided 24-hour safety oversight of the 275 craftsmen and were actively involved in planning, safety coaching, and safety reviews and investigations.

Craig Campbell

Craig Campbell ’98

The project’s safety efforts paid off: There was just one minor contractor injury in more than 236,100 man-hours worked. A number of other IUP graduates, in addition to Ann and Tyler, provided safety support through various contractors. They included Craig Campbell ’98, Mike Durbin ’10, John Kanyan ’10, Ken Shankle ’10, Chris Sheehan ’10, and Brandon Lawson ’13.