Olin Brass Rolling Department Safety Success

East Alton, IL – In 2010, employees of the Olin Brass Casting Plant located on Illinois Route 3 conducted a safety slogan contest. The winning slogan, “One purpose, one mind, one goal … Safety – it’s a team sport” was submitted by Chris Jackson, then Rolling Department employee.

His fellow Rolling Department employees have taken that message to heart and have successfully achieved 365 days without a recordable injury. Bill Fautch, Vice President of Manufacturing, stated, “As we continue to approach safety differently and institute OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program (VPP), we have called on all levels of the organization to work proactively and cooperatively to achieve one goal, creating an environment that is accident and injury free. The Rolling Department has taken their winning slogan and run with it. They have worked together, as a team, to achieve safety excellence.”

This accomplishment is not a small task. It should be regarded as a great success, considering this group of approximately 40 employees worked approximately 70,649 man hours without an injury! That is outstanding performance!

Additionally, this department regularly handles the operation and transportation of more than 2 million pounds of metal per shift. To have an outstanding safety record, is proof that “ZERO is attainable”!

“We strive to be an industry leader in all aspects of our business. We are proud of this group of employees. Their ability to have zero injuries over the course of one full year sets an example for other areas of the organization as well as others within our industry,” stated Bill Fautch. “Congratulations to all Rolling employees who contributed to this excellent performance!”

About Global Brass and Copper, Inc.

Headquartered in Schaumburg, Illinois, Global Brass and Copper, Inc. (“GBC”) is the leading manufacturer and distributor of copper and copper-alloy sheet, strip, plate, foil, rod, and fabricated components in North America and one of the largest in the world. GBC employs over 2,000 employees, and operates manufacturing facilities in East Alton, Illinois; Montpelier and Bryan, Ohio; Waterbury, Connecticut; and Cuba, Missouri; along with joint ventures in Japan and China. The company also operates A.J. Oster, the leading service center and distributor of brass and copper products in North America. GBC and its subsidiaries sell products under the Olin Metals, Olin Brass, and Chase Brass brand names. For further information visit,, or

GBC is owned by KPS Capital Partners, LP, the manager of the KPS Special Situations Funds, a family of private equity funds with over $2.6 billion of committed capital focused on constructive investing in restructurings, turnarounds and other special situations. The KPS investment strategy and portfolio companies are described in detail at the firm’s website: