June 2006, Franklin, PA In less than 15 months, Miller Fall Protection (Bacou-Dalloz) transformed its former manufacturing and office site in Franklin, PA into a high-tech, state-of-the-art fall protection technology and training center.
In a dedication ceremony on June 21st, state and local officials joined Bacou-Dalloz executives and Miller employees for the official ribbon-cutting grand opening of the multi-million dollar expansion that has nearly doubled the size of the facility.
This grand opening marks several milestones for our company and the Franklin community,” said Steve Spotts, Vice President, Operations for Fall Protection, North America. Locally, our current employees, retired employees and neighbors joined us in celebrating the success and growth of a company that has been a cornerstone of the community for over 60 years. This expansion supports our employees dedication and commitment to quality product craftsmanship, innovative product development and professional training services to the personal protection equipment industry.
The new ISO 9001:2000-certified complex employs over 450 workers and provides additional room to grow and expand its manufacturing processes, enhance R&D and testing capabilities, and house a world-class, professional training center.
Venango County Commissioners listed the Miller/Bacou-Dalloz expansion among the top 10 major events in the county with Commissioner Sue Smith pointing out that the international designation will be a major benefit to the business climate in the region.
Miller, a company founded in Franklin by Robert Miller in 1945, has long been considered as the pioneer and innovator of quality Miller brand fall protection products and services. The Miller brand is the most recognized fall protection name in the industry. This strong brand loyalty among its customers has given Bacou-Dalloz and its Distributor partners a significant competitive edge. The company holds several patents for a variety of innovative products including the new Miller Revolution Harness, Miller DuraFlex stretchable and Python cushioned-tubular webbing harnesses, and the unique Miller 5K locking snap hook.
Bacou-Dalloz is world leader in the design, manufacture and sale of personal protective equipment, offering a comprehensive range of safety products designed to protect people from hazards in the workplace. The Group specializes in head protection equipment (eye and face, respiratory and hearing protection), body protection equipment (clothing, gloves and footwear) and fall protection equipment. With a worldwide presence and over 6,000 people Bacou-Dalloz endeavors to contribute to ongoing improvements in workplace health and safety by providing innovative, comfort-engineered products that workers want to wear. The Groups products are sold through a worldwide network of distributor partners for use in all sectors of activity (construction, manufacturing, telecommunications, homeland security, petrochemicals, medical, public services etc.).