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Southington man gets $13,300 for his business

Southington man gets $13,300 for his business

SOUTHINGTON — James Allen of Allen Way Farms, 4100 Helsey Fusselman Road, has received a $13,300 Safety Intervention grant from Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation to make safety improvements at the business.

The Safety Intervention Grant Program is available to any Ohio state-funded or public employe who wishes to purchase equipment to substantially reduce or eliminate injuries and illnesses associated with a particular task or operation. The program is designed to work and partner with Ohio employers to establish safety intervention best practices for accident and injury prevention.

Allen said staff will no longer have to climb ladders to check inventory for the feed in the silos, which had always been a safety issue not only for the staff at Allen Way Farms but also the feed drivers who do inventory.

The new devices weigh the feed inside the silos. The weight of the feed in the silo is recorded by the device with a maximum of 44 tons per building.

Previously, Allen and the staff had to climb 20 to 30 feet on the silo to determine the weight of feed inside.

Allen said on average there are 33 loads of feed in a 35-day period.

Allen said the grant received earlier this year covered 85 percent of the costs for the monitoring devices for the six silos.

“I saw all the local communities getting grants for safety and looked to see if there were any safety grants that we could benefit from here,” Allen said.

Allen Way Farms has been in operation since February 2009, providing boiler chickens for Case Farms of Ohio. There are 150,000 chickens from seven to nine flocks per year which are sent to the processing plant in Canton and then distributed nationwide. There are usually 10 days of down time between flocks.

After graduating from Chalker High School, Allen worked in the meat industry at Charlanne Farms before starting Allen Way Farms.

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