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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (October 24, 2018)

J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc. Presents 2018 Safety Professional of the Year Award

Clingingsmith of Alamo Group, Inc. is top winner

Neenah, WI -  J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc., the nation’s leader in safety and regulatory compliance, has announced the winner of the J.J. Keller Safety Professional of the Year (SPOTY) award.

Tracy Clingingsmith, safety manager for Alamo Group, Inc., of Seguin, Texas, accepted the award during a ceremony held at J.J. Keller headquarters on October 19, 2018.

“It’s an honor to celebrate Tracy and other safety professionals like her,” said Rustin Keller, president and chief executive officer of J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc. “Their remarkable commitment to the well-being of others truly embodies what it means to be a difference-maker.”

A 20-year veteran in safety, Clingingsmith has spent the past twelve years with Alamo Group, Inc. – a global leader in the design and production of industrial roadside equipment. Her comprehensive safety program – built around open-door policies that promote process improvement – has helped her facility operate for over a decade without a single lost time accident.

In a speech to J.J. Keller associates, Clingingsmith commended her organization’s compassionate approach to safety and emphasized the importance of employee engagement. “I believe it’s absolutely essential to promote safety as a culture, not a policy,” said Clingingsmith. “We’ve gone to great lengths to remain approachable and show our employees that we’re behind them 110%, and I think that’s played a big role in our success.”

Also recognized but not in attendance were second-place award winner David Swanson, senior director of safety and mission assurance at Orbital ATK, of Dulles, Va., and third-place award winner H. Demetrius Rumph, director of safety & risk management for the city of Columbia, S.C.

Winners of the award received cash prizes, plaques, certificates and complimentary J.J. Keller® KellerOnline® subscriptions.

Since 2002, J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc. has recognized safety professionals across the country who have demonstrated unique, engaging and effective approaches to their safety programs.

About J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc.

Since its beginning as a one-man consulting firm in 1953, J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc. has grown to become the most respected name in safety and regulatory compliance. Now over 1,400 associates strong, J.J. Keller serves over 600,000 customers — including over 90% of the Fortune 1000® companies. The company’s subject-matter expertise spans nearly 1,500 topics, and its diverse solutions include ELogs and mobile technology; training via online courses, streaming video or DVD; online management tools; managed services; consulting services; online and print publications; forms and supplies.

Safety professionals rely on J. J. Keller’s in-house expertise and wide selection of products and services to reduce risk and improve regulatory compliance, performance management, and operational efficiency. For more information, visit

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