Toray pulls out the stops for around-the-clock wellness

Healthiest Employees: 2,000-4,999 Employees | #4. Toray Plastics (America) Inc.
CEO (or equivalent): Michael Brandmeier, CEO and president
Number of employees: 2,385


Persuasion and outreach are components of any strong workplace wellness program, and Toray Plastics (America) Inc. in North Kingstown is all over that principle. Its gym, located in a dedicated Education and Wellness Center building, is open for free to community groups such as the R.I. National Guard and local police, fire, schools and recreation department.

The 572 employees in the company’s 24/7 manufacturing operations are the primary consumers of company-sponsored wellness programs. A wellness team organizes programs on topics that include stress management, nutrition and weight loss. Employees have access to fitness-incentive challenges, flu-shot clinics and Know Your Numbers campaigns. Wellness Wednesdays bring weekly wellness events.

Wellness vendors may do presentations in break rooms at the two manufacturing plants. And the fitness center is open from 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. to accommodate employees’ work schedules.

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A healthy thought:
‘Many of our employees have gained special recognition for … making a positive health-style change.’
Lisa Ahart, Vice president of U.S. corporate human resources, Toray Plastics (America) Inc.