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Modern Foot & Ankle Expands Foothold in Orlando with Two New Clinics, One New Podiatrist

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Modern Foot & Ankle adds two new offices to its growing network of high tech, patient-centric healthcare facilities. These mark the eighth and ninth locations for the multi-regional podiatric group.

The Oviedo clinic, which opened in May, is located at 1000 Executive Dr. The address for the Lake Mary office is 2500 W. Lake Mary Blvd. It opens today.

Both locations feature Modern Foot & Ankle's signature patient experience, advanced in-house diagnostic equipment, and select evening hours.

Until recently, Jacob Huffman, DPM, has been the Oviedo office's sole provider. But starting this week, a new podiatric surgeon joins the team.

Tamara Nemeroff, DPM, a highly-skilled physician who specializes in sports medicine, reconstructive foot and ankle surgery, trauma, and diabetic limb salvage, will launch the opening of the Lake Mary clinic. She will also rotate between seeing patients at the Oviedo and Casselberry offices.

"It's exciting to be a part of an organization where I can have a real impact on the community," said Dr. Nemeroff. "Ever since I was a little girl, I knew I wanted to help people live healthier, happier lives, regardless of their circumstances. Now I have a great platform to accomplish that."

Dr. Nemeroff comes to Modern Foot & Ankle from JFK Medical Center in Atlantis, Fla., where she completed her postdoctoral training. Having earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Central Florida, she says she always knew she would one day return to the city she calls her second home.

"The people of Orlando are vibrant, diverse, and progressive," said Dr. Nemeroff. "I wanted to serve the area because it has always felt like a home-away-from-home, and I have a network of people I genuinely care about here."

Central Florida's year round sunshine creates an ideal environment for physical fitness-and athletic injuries. As a former track star and current marathon-runner, Dr. Nemeroff can empathize with the overuse injuries she often treats.

"My greatest strengths are my compassion and tenacity, which coincides with the Modern Foot & Ankle ideology of big-city technology, small-town care," she said. "Backed by state-of-the-art resources, I can deliver a level of care to my patients that I wouldn't be able to match as a solo practitioner at a small practice."

Dr. Nemeroff is now accepting new patients and offering same-day appointments. Patients who would like to schedule a visit with her can book online at or call 1-844-MODERN9.

About Modern Foot & Ankle(r)

Through Big-City Technology. Small-Town Care.(r) Modern Foot & Ankle is reshaping the patient experience and curating a progressive model for podiatric healthcare. Our physicians provide comprehensive medical and surgical solutions for foot and ankle conditions in clinics across Central Florida. With 24/7 online booking and check-in, extended office hours, advanced on-site equipment, and cutting-edge treatment options, Modern Foot & Ankle serves patients efficiently, comfortably, and on their schedule.

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Alliances and Partnerships, Business, Construction and Building, Electronics, Free News Articles

Convergence Partners Inc., Integrated Sales Inc., and Lighting Solutions of Iowa, Inc. Announce Strategic Partnership Between Their Three Companies

NORTH KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Convergence Partners, Inc., Integrated Sales Inc., and Lighting Solutions of Iowa, Inc. announced today the strategic partnership between their companies to offer the electrical industry a unified resource for virtually all their products, services, and design requirements. This partnership will be marketed under the Convergence Partners brands.

"Convergence Partners now represents manufacturers throughout Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, and Kansas, (MINK) including Current, Lutron, and Samsung," Convergence president, Peter Kurtz said. "The availability of Lighting, Electrical Materials, Audio Visual automation, Shades, and Furnishings from one resource is unprecedented within the market niche in this 4-state region," said Kurtz.

Current(tm) (formerly GE Current, a Daintree Company) is the new brand introduced at LightFair on June 20, 2022 following Current's historic acquisition of Hubbell's C&I business, announced by Jim Benson, Vice President Enterprise Marketing & Communications at Current.

"Providing exceptional customer experiences by solving problems more effectively and efficiently is our top priority," said Scott Denney, executive vice president, Convergence, "and our combined number of account managers and product experts will help ensure streamlined interactions for architects, electrical engineers, lighting designers, electrical contractors, audio-visual solution providers, distributors, and end users as well," he continued.

The union of our companies was primarily driven by the market due to our respective customers talking about the like-minded, customer-centric approach we shared with Convergence," said Golwitzer. "Helping our partners take projects from design, through construction, to post-occupancy as a single resource for all lighting, lighting control, Audio Visual automation, shading, and electrical applications is the synergistic vision we're perpetuating with Convergence," Golwitzer concluded.

Doug Olson, President, Lighting Solutions of Iowa, Inc. stated, "From this partnership, our industry partners will benefit from the cohesiveness across the MINK territory."

About Integrated Sales Inc.:

Integrated Sales Inc. is an independent manufacturer's representative serving clients in Iowa and Nebraska since 2008. The company provides lighting, lighting control, shading, and electrical product solutions for residential, commercial, and industrial applications through its partnerships with leading manufacturers.

About Lighting Solutions of Iowa, Inc.:

Lighting Solutions of Iowa, Inc. has provided clients with lighting and control solutions for commercial and industrial projects throughout Iowa for over 20 years. Based in Ankeny, Iowa, the company was established with the goal to provide its customers with exceptional service and training at a competitive price.

About Convergence Partners, Inc.:

Incorporated in 2014, Convergence represents quality manufacturers and provides service solutions within four focused divisions. Convergence has a family-first culture built on ethical business practices that foster long-term relationships. Based in North Kansas City, Missouri, Convergence covers Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, and Kansas via its regional offices in St. Louis and Springfield, Missouri, Wichita; Van Meter, and Ankeny, Iowa. The luxury residential division of Convergence originally formed in 2019 was introduced as Bespoke in 2022, and services the same 4-state region.

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Business, Free News Articles, Sports and Activities

Toledo’s GPRS ‘Goes Hollywood’ to Help Bring Augmented Reality to the NFL

TOLEDO, Ohio -- When football fans tune in this season to watch their favorite teams play, and marvel at the amazing 3D mixed reality graphics that seem to leap off the field and onto their screens, they won't realize that a Toledo-based company - GPRS, and their latest acquisition, TruePoint Laser Scanning - played a large part in their enhanced fan experience.

Videos of Baltimore's menacing raven swooping in to perch on the uprights at M&T Bank Stadium and a fearsome panther stalking across the roof of Bank of America Stadium have gone viral, with millions of hits online, and they showcase just some of GPRS/TruePoint's exceptional work for clients like The Famous Group, who create the amazing mixed reality (MR) graphics for the NFL, among others.

Toledo's engineering powerhouse laser scans every millimeter of an NFL stadium (or NBA court, NHL rink, MLB diamond, or PGA course) to create the hyper-accurate 3D models that Hollywood special effects makers need to bring those video-game-inspired graphics to life.

In a recent interview, The Famous Group's Greg Harvey shared his thoughts about the particular difficulties associated with making the unreal, real, for the Baltimore Ravens:

"The beauty of mixed reality is the ability of computer-generated objects to interact with the physical environment, this sells the realism. To achieve this, parts of the stadium were captured with a laser-scanning technique. We scanned where the goal post was, where the field was, the vertical boards and brought that into a computer. When the bird is actually on the uprights, its claws wrap around the crossbar and its wings appear behind the uprights."

The Famous Group has tasked TruePoint with everything from creating a delicate 3D mesh virtual model of the "Gentle Giant" sculpture they used to create the North Carolina team's Panther in 3D, to scanning the entirety of the 3.1 million square feet of L.A.'s SoFi Stadium for Super Bowl LVI's amazing mixed reality effects, which featured everything from Halle Berry to a perfectly rendered L.A. Memorial Coliseum, to virtual drones delivering the Vince Lombardi Trophy to centerfield.

None of those mind-boggling, real-time fan experiences could have occurred without GPRS/ TruePoint 3D laser scans, point clouds, and 3D models. TruePoint's Director of Laser Scanning, Ryan Hacker loves watching people's reaction to what they do.

"My favorite thing is to sit with a client, either a new client or somebody that just hasn't used laser scanning a lot, and just watch their jaw drop as they realize how much information they truly have at their fingertips," he shared with the Wrapped 2020 podcast.

One of the most unexpected outcomes of GPRS' recent acquisition of TruePoint Laser Scanning is how it brings professional football - and a host of other pro sports - to the forefront for this construction-centered business. Sr. Vice President of Customer Service & Marketing, Jason Schaff, explains why the work for pro sports differs from their usual construction-based contracts.

"Most of the work we do is completed and then we move on to the next project. These types of projects are rewarding because you can see the results of your efforts down the road implemented in such a unique way."

GPRS & TruePoint are full of former college and professional players and football fans who consider this work a special privilege.

About Ground Penetrating Radar Systems:

GPRS, headquartered in Toledo, Ohio, visualizes the built world by providing utility locating, concrete scanning, 3D laser scanning, video pipe inspection, leak detection, and mapping & modeling services to utilities, contractors, engineering firms, and environmental consultants in every major market in the United States.

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ACES Quality Management Executives selected to speak at Mortgage Bankers Association’s 2022 RMQA Conference

DENVER, Colo. -- ACES Quality Management® (ACES), the leading provider of enterprise quality management and control software for the financial services industry, announced Executive Vice President of Compliance Amanda Phillips and Executive Vice President of Operations Sharon Reichhardt have been selected to speak at the upcoming Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Risk Management, Quality Assurance and Fraud Prevention Forum (RMQA) taking place September 11-13 in Nashville, Tenn.

Phillips will moderate "Examining Trends in Fair Housing, Fair Lending and Fair Servicing Compliance" on Tuesday, Sept. 13, from 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. CT, which will focus on trends related to regulations across the industry to help lenders make the necessary adjustments and ensure compliance.

Reichhardt will also present on Tuesday from 11 a.m. to noon CT as part of the panel discussing "Using Data to Stop Today's Fraud Schemes." This session will focus on the data lenders should be examining, collection methods for obtaining that data and how to analyze the data to determine the best means of stopping today's fraud schemes.

"The ACES team is extremely proud to have two of our best and brightest internal experts speak at this year's RMQA," said ACES CEO Trevor Gauthier. "Amanda and Sharon are both highly regarded members of the ACES team and outstanding thought leaders, each possessing a wealth of knowledge in their respective fields. I look forward to hearing them share their insights and expertise with the mortgage industry's compliance and quality control professionals."

ACES is a Platinum sponsor for this year's RMQA conference. To learn more about ACES' suite of mortgage quality control and risk management tools, visit them at tabletop No. 5 during the conference or schedule time to meet with the team at

About ACES Quality Management:

ACES Quality Management is the leading provider of enterprise quality management and control software for the financial services industry. The nation's most prominent lenders, servicers and financial institutions rely on ACES Quality Management & Control® Software to improve audit throughput and quality while controlling costs, including:

* 4 of the top 5 and more than 50% of the top 50 independent mortgage lenders;

* 8 of the top 10 loan servicers;

* 11 of the top 30 banks; and

* 1 of the top 3 credit unions in the USA.

Unlike other quality control platforms, only ACES delivers Flexible Audit Technology®, which gives independent mortgage lenders and financial institutions the ability to easily manage and customize ACES to meet their business needs without having to rely on IT or other outside resources. Using a customer-centric approach, ACES clients get responsive support and access to our experts to maximize their investment. For more information, visit or call 1-800-858-1598.

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Alliances and Partnerships, Business, Environment and Ecology, Free News Articles, Green Business

Encore Green Environmental (EGE) Announces Roll Out of Beneficial Use of Produced Water with Agricultural Partners

MIDLAND, Texas -- Encore Green Environmental LLC (EGE), announce their immediate plans to treat produced water for beneficial use with Texas agriculture partners, with NOMAD EXCEL water technology developed specifically to assist in drought conditions. EGE is proud to announce today that their years of dedication to this goal has not been in vain.

As part of the treatment program, EGE has partnered the technology with West Texas legacy landowner, Cody Wilson, owner of Wilson Farms, to recycle produced water and apply the clean water to the surface estate for agricultural beneficial uses and for Wilson's non-edible crops.

"I look forward to being part of this project with EGE because without it, I don't see our type of farming lasting in this part of the world," said Wilson.

Wilson, who has deep ties to his family's lands and its natural resources, has joined EGE in effort to provide and find solutions for regions where source water is scarce. Without the efforts of EGE to put produced water to beneficial use on crop lands, farmers like Wilson will face startling realities for reliable water sources for their crop futures.

EGE is the owner of proven technology and the water treatment equipment, known as NOMAD EXCEL, and units are ready to move onto Wilson's lands. According to Darlene Nash, Owner of Encore Green, "There is nothing more important than the use of this technology now available to benefit soil health and climate wellness."

To further their position, Wilson has also entered into a contractual agreement with an industry midstream partner to provide the produced water for treatment and beneficial use. By treating and using the produced water that would otherwise be disposed of, thereby removing it permanently from the water cycle, Wilson hopes to show landowners and operators within the industry the working together, solutions are available and affordable.

EGE is set apart from others in the produced water recycling sphere by the end use product available for agriculture. The goal is to continue focus on treating produced water for the purpose of industry re-use and providing a bridge between the industry and landowners. It also recognizes that as seismicity continues, disposal constraints increase, and overall water scarcity becomes more prevalent.

About Encore Green Environmental LLC:

In 2017, Encore Green Environmental LLC (EGE) formed as an agricultural company dedicated to land stewardship and providing solutions for industry produced water management and handling. EGE set a goal to clean produced water for the purpose of putting it to beneficial use on the land - recycling produced water for agricultural use to achieve better soil health and other climate benefits. Encore Green is a Wyoming limited liability company, registered to do business in the State of Texas.

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Books and Publishing, Business, Entertainment, Free News Articles

Hit Psychology Book Gets Updated Edition

BOSTON, Mass. -- "Calm & Sense: A Woman's Guide to Living Anxiety Free," the hit novel by psychologist Wendy Leeds (Calm Day Publishing, ISBN 978-0999901526), has an updated edition out with new updated studies and information. In honor of the new edition, there will be a limited time sale on the ebook version of the book across platforms.

Calm and sense uses a unique women-centric approach to anxiety. The book focuses on the needs of women. Combining up to date data from anxiety studies, personal stories, and practical tips, author Wendy Leeds offers something special in the space.

Leeds is a practicing psychotherapist with both a professional and a personal interest in finding ways to heal anxiety without medication. She has dealt with anxiety all her life and knows what it's like to live with the kind of worry and fear that make the smallest things in life difficult.

In 1995, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent several surgeries and six months of chemotherapy. It was at that low point, that she began a life-long journey to create a calm, centered joyful life, for herself and others. She began by reading everything she could get her hands on about anxiety. Then in 2006 she went back to school to earn two graduate degrees in psychology.

Ashley L Peterson of Mental Health at Home said, "['Calm & Sense'] doesn't feel like a therapist trying to educate you; rather, it has the feel of another regular person having a conversation with you, who just happens to have the knowledge and experience of a therapist. With the wide range of ideas offered in the book, I think any reader is likely to find things that work for them."

"For those who endure chronic anxiety, even seemingly innocuous daily tribulations can take on giant, scary, insurmountable portions," said Roberta Rosenthal Hawkins, MFA, PhD. "'Calm & Sense' is a loving, gentle, often witty, and infinitely helpful path through one's jungle of fears. As one might hope of any jungle guide, the author's compass is sure, her survival kit is well-stocked, and her cheerful, can-do spirit is reassuring and encouraging the whole way."

"Calm and Sense" is nationally distributed by Cardinal Publishing Group. It is published by Calm Day Publishing, and available for sale on Amazon, Barnes and, and where books are sold.

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Business, Free News Articles, Software

New PDNob Manga Translator Accurately Translates Multiple Pages of Your Foreign Comics to Native Language On the Go

ROCHESTER, Minn. -- If you're a comic fanatic, you must agree the artistic illustrations in Manga, are not only enticing but also exciting. This experience is, however, short-lived especially if you can't read the foreign text in the speech bubbles. The good news is, PDNob Inc. has upgraded its flagship translation software; PDNob Manga Translator to allow readers to perform batch OCR on multiple Manga pages as well as save time with automatic translation to your native language, tackling the problem on how to translate manga.

"Manga comics are known for their incredibly rich stories in fantasy adventures, superheroes, and monsters, but most people just cut themselves off from the wonderful world of these foreign comics because they aren't equipped with manga translator app thus don't know how to translate manga," says CEO of PDNob Inc. "With our newer version of PDNob Manga Translator 2.0.0, you don't have to know foreign languages to read. You can have all pages of your favorite Manga automatically translated to your native language and enjoy the experience. We hope this app will be your go to Manga and anime comic translator app. Happy reading."

See What's new in PDNob Manga Translator 2.0.0:


1 - Enhanced batch screen translator for manga function

You can now take multiple screenshots of your favorite Manga or import image files, and have the best manga translator app automatically perform a batch screen OCR on each page consecutively - and convert them to .txt, .doc, and docx.

2 - Automatic translation when OCR is active

Once batch OCR is complete, you can choose your preferred native language and have the text translated in seconds, depending on the number of pages you have scanned.

3 - Result editor and export function of the Comic translator is added

In the editor, or simply the result viewer, you can edit batch OCR text and export it to other editors in txt., doc., or docx. file formats.

"PDNob has always been on an amazing mission to connect Manga & anime fans across the globe through our Manga translator v2.0.0," added CEO of PDNob Inc.

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PDNob Image Translator is available for installation in Mac OS version 12.0 and newer, and Windows version 7 to 11.

About PDNob Inc.:

PDNob Inc. is a leading software developer of highly functional, ergonomic, and user-friendly software aimed to help users maximize their efficiency, productivity, comfort/enjoyment and bring life to any content displayed on a computer, mobile, or tablet - in any language. Learn more:

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Fix Windows Black Screen after Login with PassFab Computer Management

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- PassFab has proudly announced great news for more than 1.4 billion people worldwide who use Microsoft Windows for their personal and professional use every day. The annoying windows black screen after login is a major problem for many of these users and how to get rid of that windows black screen after logging in is a question everyone asks online. Repairing this blue or black screen after logon windows 10 can be a bit tricky and especially for those users, who are not expert in computing. The all-new PassFab Computer Management tool is emerging as the ultimate solution to all kinds of Windows Blue/Black screen crashing problems in minutes.

"PassFab Computer Management can burn bootable ISO Image into a disk with a blank CD/DVD/USB to help you boot your PC from various scenarios, such as black screen, blue screen, loading circle, etc.," said the spokesperson of PassFab, while introducing this remarkable new software. "This software finds and fixes over 30,000 different issues related to Windows including black screen, blue screen, restarting, booting issues, random reboot, screen freeze, and other common or rare issues faced by users every day," she added. For those who want to know how to fix black screen on laptop or to eliminate win10 black screen after login, this software is their best answer.

In addition, the PassFab Computer Management is emerging as the ultimate windows all-in-one PC solution tool that is not only easier and quicker, but also safer than any other option available online. This software can easily boot up computers that cannot start properly and it can also reset Windows local and domain password. Moreover, it can also be used to recover data from unbootable hard disk and can shred undeletable files completely. However, its top feature is resolving the issue of black screen after logon Windows 10 and the software has received great reviews for this feature.

Even though PassFab Computer Management can Fix Windows Black Screen after login, but this is not its only great feature. This software has 7 powerful products in one suite. These include Windows repair, data recovery, backup and restore, partition management, data wiping, windows password reset, and product key recovery. Moreover, it is compatible with Windows 11/10/8.1/8/7. The problem of after login black screen or Windows 10 black screen may be scary for many computer users but this remarkable new software will solve the windows crashing problem of windows black screen after login within minutes, and this great new solution by PassFab is designed to make lives of over 1.4 billion Windows users easier.

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PassFab was founded in 2010 as a leading password recovery tool developer, and it has now expanded to a range of software and online tools to make the lives of its users easier worldwide.




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Business, Free News Articles, Restaurant, Hotel and Hospitality

Mom’s Touch Brings its Exceptional Fried Chicken Restaurants to Southern California

LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Mom's Touch, a renowned brand with more than 1,300 restaurants across Korea, is pleased to bring its unique and inspired take on fried chicken to the United States. There are convenient locations open in Long Beach and Gardena, with a third coming soon to the City of Industry. A globally-focused operation with concrete plans for continued growth, Mom's Touch is also known for its ample franchise opportunities and extensive franchisee support. In Korean, Mom's Touch means "the thoughtful hand of a mother." This speaks to the company's steadfast commitment to preparing and serving meals of the highest possible quality, as well as their refusal to take any shortcuts.

In many ways, Mom's Touch aims to redefine the notion of what fast food can be by truly prioritizing both quality and efficiency. With their pledge to offer patrons an unparalleled fried chicken experience, the company has invested substantial resources to put together the best staff possible, and equip that staff with the equipment and preparation processes necessary for success. For their part, the Mom's Touch staff takes great pride in the food they serve and the overall value they provide customers on a regular basis.

Mom's Touch also maintains exceptionally high food and service standards, which is immediately evident to anyone that dines at one of their restaurants or has food delivered. While other businesses may aim to put in as little time and effort as possible for food preparation, Mom's Touch meticulously hand batters each item, and uses osmosis marination to help ensure that the robust flavors come through inside and out. Each item is lovingly crafted by staff onsite, and carefully made to order specifications.

While their menu is fairly streamlined, it nevertheless boasts an assortment of delicious dishes made using fresh ingredients and featuring tantalizingly bold flavor profiles. There are a number of fried chicken sandwiches available, from Mom's Original to Creamy Garlic and Fuego. Mom's Touch is also known for its ample chicken wing options as well as its chicken fingers with distinct dipping sauces. With a variety of heat levels to choose from, spicy food enthusiasts, those that prefer mild dishes, and everyone in between will find much to enjoy and appreciate.

As their website highlights, Mom's Touch operates with the philosophy that patrons should eat the foods that fill their lives with joy. It is that type of top quality, flavorful food that the staff offers each day. The company encourages everyone in Long Beach, Gardena, and surrounding areas to visit their locations and experience the Mom's Touch difference for themselves.

Mom's Touch - Long Beach is located at 6191 Atlantic Avenue in Long Beach, and can be reached by calling (562) 216-8679. Mom's Touch - Gardena is located at 1400 W Redondo Beach Blvd Suite 120 in Gardena, and can be reached by calling (310) 400-7305.

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Awards and Honors, Business, Free News Articles

BC Wood Products in Ashland Receives Virginia SHARP Designation Under the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry’s (DOLI) Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program

RICHMOND, Va. -- Commissioner Gary G. Pan announced today that the BC Wood Products in Ashland, Virginia, has been certified as a Virginia SHARP Worksite under the Virginia Occupational Safety and Health (VOSH) Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP), the agency's highest level of recognition for excellence in safety and health management systems for small businesses.

"This outstanding achievement in occupational safety and health has come through the dedication and hard work of BC Wood Products employees and management. I commend BC Wood Products for embracing the cooperative spirit of the SHARP program, and congratulate them on their hard-earned certification as a Virginia SHARP Worksite," said Commissioner Pan.

BC Wood Products commitment to providing a safe and healthy workplace for its employees is demonstrated by its low injury and illness rates. The Ashland facility has a total three-year average for the TCIR (Total Case Incident Rate for injuries and illnesses) of 1.5 compared with a Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) national rate of 5.1, representing a TCIR rate 71% lower than the national average for the industry. The site's three-year average DART rate (Days Away, Restricted, or Transferred injury and illness cases) is .9, compared with the 3.5 national rate, which is 72% below the national average for the industry.

As part of the recognition for achieving Virginia SHARP status, the worksite is entitled to fly the Virginia "SHARP Worksite" flag. The process for reaching Virginia SHARP status is extensive to ensure that only the very best companies qualify. Currently, there are only 14 Virginia SHARP sites in the state. BC Wood Products site has set a standard of excellence that is second to none.

Virginia businesses that participate in SHARP substantially improve safety and health protection for thousands of Virginia employees through cooperative efforts to reduce injuries, illnesses, and fatal accidents. SHARP worksites regularly report decreased bottom line costs associated with dramatically reduced injury and illness rates (an average of approximately 50% below the respective industry average), and improved productivity and employee morale. Reducing private sector employer costs associated with injuries, illnesses, and fatal accidents enhances a company's economic viability and competitiveness, and increases available capital for reinvestment, expansion, and new hiring.

DOLI operates six recognition programs. These include:

1. Virginia STAR is a cooperative relationship between the VOSH program, the employer, and the employees that include the agreement of company leaders to operate exceptional safety and health management systems that meet a rigorous set of occupational safety and health criteria. Participating employers agree to voluntarily participate in the program and to directly involve employees in all aspects of the company's safety and health management systems. Requirements include an extensive application process, submission of written safety and health policies and procedures, demonstration of successful implementation of those programs through injury and illness rates that are below the national average for the employer's industry, and an intensive weeklong inspection by a team of VPP experts.

2. Virginia BEST (Building Excellence in Safety, Health and Training) is a strategic partnership between the DOLI and the Associated General Contractors of Virginia (AGCVA) that recognizes AGCVA members who voluntarily implement highly effective safety and health management systems to benefit construction workers and reduce or eliminate injuries, illnesses, and fatalities on construction sites in Virginia.

3. Virginia BUILT is a new strategic partnership between the DOLI and the Associated Builders and Contractors of Virginia (ABCVA) and is designed to encourage and recognize ABC-VA members who voluntarily implement highly effective safety and health management systems to benefit construction workers and reduce or eliminate injuries, illnesses, and fatalities on construction sites in Virginia. The Virginia BUILT program incorporates the ABC STEP program (Safety Training Evaluation Process) as the gateway to participation in Virginia BUILT.

4. Virginia CHALLENGE is a formal three stage recognition program that dramatically improves safety and health at the worksite and prepares the company to apply for Virginia STAR recognition.

5. VOSH-VADOC CHALLENGE is a strategic partnership between the DOLI and the Virginia Department of Corrections (VADOC) to recognize safety and health excellence at correctional facilities around the Commonwealth. Three stages of participation in VADOC Challenge prepare a site to apply for Virginia STAR recognition. Virginia has the only two correctional facilities in the nation to have received VPP STAR status, Augusta and Lunenburg Correctional Centers. Additional information can be obtained by contacting the DOLI office closest to you at or contact Milford Stern, VPP Manager, at (540) 562-3580, ext. 123, or

6. The Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) recognizes businesses of 250 employees or fewer and is administered by the DOLI Consultative Services Division. Contact Tracy Michaud, Consultation Program Manager, at (804) 786-8707 or

DOLI also offers free On-Site Consultation Services to help employers better understand and voluntarily comply with VOSH standards. Priority is given to high hazard workplaces with 250 or fewer employees and all services are offered to employers at no cost. On-Site Consultation Services helps employers identify and correct potential safety and health hazards by conducting walk-through surveys (without citations or penalties), abatement advice, on-site training, and program assistance to develop safety and health programs. Additional information about On-Site Consultation Services can be obtained by contacting the DOLI office closest to you at or by contacting Tracy Michaud, Consultation Program Manager, at (804) 786-8707, or

The Virginia Occupational Safety and Health (VOSH) program is financed in part by a grant from the U. S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), under §23(g) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970. The FFY21 Virginia State Plan is funded by a grant of $4,332,400 federal funds, which constitutes 50% of the State Plan budget excluding any state overmatch funds. Zero percent, or $0.00 of the State Plan budget, is financed through nongovernmental sources.

The Virginia On-Site Consultation Cooperative Agreement program is financed in part by a grant from the U. S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), under §21(d) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970. The FFY21 Virginia Consultation program is funded by a grant of $1,189,200 federal funds, which constitutes 90% of the Virginia Consultation program budget excluding any state overmatch funds. Zero percent, or $0.00 of the Virginia Consultation budget, is financed through nongovernmental sources.

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