Toray Plastics (America), Inc Recognized As One Of “America’S Healthiest Companies”

Claudia Kreiss
Kreiss Communications
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Wellness Council of America Presents Gold Well Workplace Award to Toray Plastics (America), Inc.

North Kingstown, RI (June 1, 2005)- Toray Plastics (America), Inc. has been designated one of “America’s Healthiest Companies” by the Wellness Council of America (WELCOA). The national organization’s prestigious “Gold Well Workplace” Award was presented on May 26 to Hiroshi Ogihara, president, Toray Plastics (America), Inc. at a WELCOA luncheon. The Gold Award recognizes companies that have successfully built comprehensive worksite wellness initiatives, and that demonstrate and capture concrete outcomes related to behavior change, cost effectiveness, and return on investment. David M. Hunnicutt, Ph.D., president of the Wellness Councils of America, said in a letter to Toray Plastics (America), Inc., that by successfully meeting rigorous health promotion standards, the company is demonstrating its commitment to improving the health and well-being of its most valuable asset – its employees.

“Employee quality of life is a priority at Toray Plastics (America), Inc.,” says Rick Schloesser, General Manager. “Making wellness an integral part of our culture supports our commitment to excellence in service to each other and our customers, and to successfully controlling health care costs. We commend our employees for their participation and thank the Wellness Council of America for validating our efforts.”

Toray’s wellness philosophy of prevention, early detection and treatment of medical problems is supported by an array of on-site good health and wellness resources and programs designed to help employees overcome two of the biggest obstacles to good self care- lack of knowledge and lack of time. The Toray wellness programs include a multi-purpose fitness center and gym staffed by professionals, yoga and aerobics classes, and weight management, smoking cessation, and stress management programs, among others. Additionally, the company provides screening services, including blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose, vision, posture, hearing, and foot care.

Toray Plastics (America), Inc. is a leading manufacturer of polyester and polypropylene films for flexible and rigid packaging, graphic, industrial, and magnetic applications. The company is a subsidiary of Toray Industries, Inc., the world leader in synthetic fibers and textiles, carbon fibers, plastics, chemicals, pharmaceuticals and high performance films. Annual sales exceed $9 billion, USD. Visit the Toray Plastics (America), Inc. web site at

For more information about Toray Plastics (America), Inc.’s products and services, contact Eric Bartholomay, product development manager, at, Toray Plastics (America), Inc., 50 Belver Avenue, North Kingstown, RI 02852-7500, telephone: 401-294-4511, fax 401-294-1480.

Caption: Toray Plastics (America), Inc.’s Hiroshi Ogihara, president, and Lisa Ahart, Corporate Human Resources Manager, accept the Wellness Council of America’s Gold Well Workplace Award.

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