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Otter Creek Brewing awarded for excellent workplace safety, health management

Otter Creek Brewing Company has earned the honor to be designated as a "SHARP Company," only the ninth company in Vermont to receive such an award and only the fourth brewery nationwide achieve this recognition.

Otter Creek Brewing Company has earned the honor to be designated as a "SHARP Company," only the ninth company in Vermont to receive such an award and only the fourth brewery nationwide achieve this recognition. Photo by Louis Varricchio.

— Otter Creek Brewing Company has successfully earned the honor to be designated as a "SHARP Company," only the ninth company in Vermont to receive such an award and only the fourth brewery nationwide achieve this recognition.

SHARP, the Safety Health Achievement Recognition Program, is a national program implemented by states under the Federal OSHA. The award recognizes high-hazard businesses with exemplary safety and health management programs.

Vermont is now home to two breweries that have achieved this status, with Long Trail Brewing Co. in Bridgewater Corners having been designated a "Sharp Company" in 2010. Otter Creek will receive their SHARP flag at an open house event Dec. 20 at the brewery in Middlebury.

"This was a goal that our team set a few years ago so, so we are all thrilled to have achieved it," said Jed Nelson, Otter Creek's director of brand marketing. "To produce our world-class brews, we first need to be able to attract the most talented people and then provide them with a safe, healthy and happy work environment. This award reminds us that we are succeeding on all fronts."

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