National Office Furniture, a unit of Kimball International, Inc., has been recognized by the Indiana Department of Labor for their exemplary efforts to protect workers from occupational safety and health hazards. National received the 2018 Governor’s Workplace Safety Award in the Innovations for General Industry,   large-sized company category for their Early Intervention Program. This program encourages employees to report early any discomforts associated with their jobs and avoid repetitive motion injuries. These reports are reviewed by an outside resource, typically a physical or occupational therapist, who then makes ergonomic or process improvements and recommends specific stretches to reduce or eliminate the cause of discomfort.

“We are honored to recognize some of the most dedicated workplace safety and health leaders in the state of Indiana,” said Rick J. Ruble, Indiana Department of Labor Commissioner. “These companies and ‘safety heroes’ play a significant part in the greater cause of occupational safety and health for all working Hoosiers. We are so thankful for their commitment to protecting workers.”

The annual Governor’s Workplace Safety Awards are a result of a partnership among government, business, and safety leaders including the Indiana Department of Labor on behalf of Governor Eric J. Holcomb, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, and the Central Indiana Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers. The award provides recognition for companies based on best practices of eliminating workplace injuries and illnesses, and salutes those who have made safety and health a top priority.

“It’s an honor to be named a winner of 2018 Indiana Governor’s Workplace Safety Award in the category of Innovation for our Early Intervention Program,” said Vince Cooke, National’s Director of Safety. “Through open communication with our employees we can identify potential risks and work to eliminate those risks. Our vision is to be ‘injury free’ and the Early Intervention Program has been a tremendous benefit to our people.”

“A company’s workforce is its most important asset and protecting those employees is of the utmost importance for companies all over the state. We are pleased to recognize the hard work and dedication to safety that the 2018 award winners have shown to their workforce,” said Indiana Chamber President and CEO Kevin Brinegar. “When health and safety are prioritized, workplaces are more productive and more profitable for everyone.”

About National Office Furniture:

National Office Furniture, a brand unit of Kimball International, Inc. (NASDAQ: KBAL), is a Jasper, Indiana-based manufacturer of high-quality office furnishings. Since 1980, National has built a reputation for excellence with stylish furniture of exceptional value; a dedication to personalized service; product designs that reflect a passion for the user’s comfort and productivity; and a commitment to environmental responsibility. National operates facilities in Santa Claus and Jasper, Indiana; and Fordsville and Danville, Kentucky. For more information about National and its products, visit