Innovance Inc. is the holding company for a family of five industrial manufacturing organizations. Lou-Rich is one of the five 100% employee-owned businesses that make up the Innovance family.

Innovance Inc. will be recognized for excellence in workplace safety and health during the 2021 Virtual Minnesota Safety and Health Conference, May 4-5. Innovance is one of 221 employers to be honored through the awards program, coordinated by the Minnesota Safety Council.

“In a year that has challenged all of us in ways we never imagined, we are very pleased to recognize Innovance for their award,” said Paul Aasen, president of the Minnesota Safety Council.  “Safety demands extraordinary attention in a normal year, double that attention this past year. Thank you Innovance for keeping your employees safe.”

Since 1934, the annual Governor’s Safety Awards program has honored Minnesota employers with exceptional safety performance. Applicants are judged on several years of injury data as it compares with their industry’s national statistics, and on their progress in implementing a comprehensive safety program. Winners are recognized at three levels:

  • Meritorious Achievement (63 winners): Incidence rates that are better than the industry average for at least three years, and a score between 50 and 74 on a 100-point safety program evaluation scale.
  • Outstanding Achievement (106 winners): Continuing improvement and/or a continuing outstanding record with incident rates that are 51%-90% better than the industry average, and a score between 75 and 90 on the safety program evaluation scale.
  • Award of Honor (52 winners): Incidence rates at least 91% better than the industry average, and a score between 91 and 100 on the safety program evaluation scale.

Innovance received a Meritorious Achievement Award.

“The Innovance employee owners are the most important aspect of the entire company and I always ensure that they come first. We are family to one another, and no one wants to ever see anyone become injured. We strive to work directly with MNOSHA utilizing the voluntary MNSHARP Program to assure employee safety in all facilities. This award would not be possible without all employee’s participation in our safety program and the way that we have developed a company culture that is 2nd to none in the industry,” said LaVerne Schroeder, Innovance Safety & Environmental Manager.

The Minnesota Safety Council, founded in 1928, is a non-governmental, not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life in Minnesota by preventing unintentional injuries on the road, at work, at home, and in the community.