Affinity Risk Control Workshop

Representatives from GreenWood attended the recently held Affinity Insurance Risk management workshop to hone their safety skills and increase their knowledge base. Affinity Insurance, Ltd. emphasizes management of losses, claims, risk control events, and safety to ensure safe work environments. Through these type of learning events, GreenWood is able to apply this knowledge to complement our “Always Aware” safety recognition program. As a result, our project sites result in fewer incidents, lower operating costs, and better risk management. Safety always starts with you and employees that think safe…are safe!

GreenWood recently celebrated 5 million safe work hours at the West Virginia Operations (WVO) project in South Charleston, West Virginia.  This major milestone was accomplished from 17 years of continuous operations without a lost time event.

GreenWood hosted a cookout luncheon for over 225 attendees to recognize and help celebrate the achievements of the team.  GreenWood’s executive group was also on site to not only manage the grill, but to thank current and past employees as well as client representatives for their efforts in making this accomplishment possible.  Special recognition was given to 10 current employees who were part of the original team 17 years ago.

GreenWood first began work in West Virginia at a major client site in 2002 with 20 employees.  Over the past 17 years, the company’s presence in the area has grown to 6 ongoing client operations and nearly 200 employees.  WVO Area Business Manager Kenny Steen helped launch the first site in West Virginia and has been instrumental in providing a consistent focus on safety while delivering exceptional service and value to GreenWood clients.

“Accomplishments like this underscore why we emphasize safety in all aspects of our work,” states GreenWood Corporate Safety Director, Mike Simmons.  “By remaining ‘Always Aware’, employees are reminded every day to make safety a top priority by thinking, acting and performing safely at work and away from the office.  When we do that, we get to celebrate the results!”

GreenWood representatives recently participated in a reliability training event led by the asset management, lean six sigma, and organizational change leadership experts at Eruditio. The specialized session took place at The Institute at Patriots Point aboard the USS Yorktown, CV-10, in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. This unique teaching setting creates an environment where top reliability leaders provide instruction with knowledge application and simulations to reinforce the learning experience.  Participants gathered  in the Admiral’s Quarters where core reliability principles were taught followed by team building techniques that immersed them in the learning process. This experience deepens GreenWood’s knowledge base where practical reliability strategies can be applied to project teams across our spectrum of clients.

Project representatives from several GreenWood sites met recently in Greenville to review safety protocols, assessment programs, and incident reporting.  Time was spent reviewing the annual safety training template that includes all materials and topics for monthly training. This ensures all sites are consistent in their training approach and responsibilities for safety procedures.

We also rolled out a program to provide the sites with a self-audit tool that enables all the sites to perform their own safety audits to capture essential data for reporting purposes. During our time together, emphasis was placed on our over-arching “Always Aware” safety program where each member of Team GreenWood has a personal responsibility to ensure a safe working environment. Safety always starts with you!


Leadership Development Training Held

Several representatives from project sites in the Carolinas, Georgia and Alabama recently gathered for a leadership training session led by an American Management Association instructor. Site managers, supervisors, TPM coordinators, shift leads, and project managers heard topics centered on organizational communications, leadership development, group action plans, and effective management. GreenWood is committed to providing the resources and training that help leaders grow and improve how they lead their teams.

GreenWood, Inc. announces that Kellie Corlee has joined the home office as Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) Representative.  In this role, Kellie will support the overall GreenWood safety program including Department of Transportation (DOT) and Learning Management System (LMS) programs and assisting with the injury/incident reporting and claims processes.

Kellie brings over 25 years of experience to this position with a background in general construction safety training, general industry safety & health, as well as DOT and workers’ compensation management.  Her career path includes a wealth of experience as an office professional in the areas of human resources, accounting and logistics.  Prior to this EHS position, she served in a support role at a GreenWood “facilities and maintenance services” project site.

GreenWood, Inc. was recently presented with the Lighthouse Beam Safety Award for achieving excellence in safety performance throughout their organization. The prestigious award is issued by McGriff Insurance Services. To qualify, a company must achieve outstanding overall safety performance based on criteria for a client’s workers’ compensation policy loss ratio, workers’ compensation experience modification (EMR), and BLS/DART/OSHA recordable incident rate. This marks the ninth consecutive year that GreenWood has met the stringent requirements encompassing the safety and health of employees at all project levels.

“GreenWood continues to achieve outstanding year over year safety results,” says Warren Blanchard, McGriff Insurance Services. “We are proud to recognize their exemplary performance and unwavering focus on safety.”

Mike Simmons, Corporate Director of Safety for GreenWood adds, “Safety is the most important aspect of our business. We emphasize this daily in every job we perform. This recognition from McGriff underscores our commitment to zero incidents and to maintaining the safest work environments possible.”

Kevin Crittendon Named Vice President

GreenWood, Inc. is pleased to announce the appointment of Kevin Crittendon as Vice President of the company.  In this role, Kevin is responsible for all company operations and leads the management team.  Prior to this position, Kevin served as Director of Improvement at GreenWood where he was involved with numerous initiatives that enhanced how GreenWood manages and executes work, as well as measures and monitors company performance.  He has extensive maintenance and operations experience gained from involvement on both the client and company side of the industrial maintenance and operations business.

As a results-focused leader, Kevin has over 25 years of manufacturing-related experience across multiple business functions including Operations, Lean/Six Sigma, Project Management, Information Systems, Maintenance, and Contract Services Management.  He has successfully designed and implemented creative solutions to manufacturing and business process issues resulting in reduced cost, improved quality, increased throughput, and improved delivery.

During his career, Kevin has contributed editorially as an author for industry publication articles and as a presenter at professional association group events.  His topics often center on Maintenance and Business Process Improvements, Lean Tactics, and Standardization of Metrics and Reporting content presented in a manner for practical, real-world application.

Kevin holds a Master of Arts in Executive Leadership earned from Liberty University and an undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Management earned from the University of Phoenix.  He also has certifications for AMP – Association Asset Management Professional; CMRP – Certified Maintenance Reliability Professional; and PMP – Project Management Professional.  Kevin was formerly Vice Chair of the Carolinas Chapter for the Society of Maintenance and Reliability Professionals (SMRP).

GreenWood leadership recently presented a special project team donation check to EDCI (East Durham Children’s Initiative) in Durham, North Carolina.  The gesture was a collaborative effort between GreenWood’s project site employees and company leadership personnel who all contributed to this non-profit group.  GreenWood’s leadership members matched the site employees’ contribution to benefit EDCI.

More than 40 partner organizations and hundreds of community members work collaboratively toward the goal of helping EDCI kids graduate from high school and be prepared for college or careers through early childhood interventions, parent and family support, after school and summer programs, health and nutrition services, and community outreach.  GreenWood is pleased to participate in this worthy program as a financial support contributor.


Several members of Team GreenWood attended the Affinity Risk Control Workshop held in Atlanta, Georgia. The workshop provided an informative format with a focus on claims and risk control issues. This is one of the ways we learn how to improve our already strong safety and claims management processes.

It was also a time for all attendees to network and share safety and risk management best practices.  GreenWood was represented by 13 members from several project sites and the home office.


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