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St. Clair Winery Earns Recognition From OSHA

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St Clair WineryBeginning at noon on Thursday, March 10, Southwest Wines Inc., doing business as, St. Clair Winery will be recognized by Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) in an induction ceremony to commemorate participation in the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP).  

The SHARP recognizes small employers who operate an exemplary safety and health management system. St. Clair Winery, founded by Herve Lescombes and managed today by his two sons, Emmanuel and Florent Lescombes, has been operating in Deming since 1984.  Today, the  Deming winery employs between 70-80 people who grow, produce and bottle New Mexico Wine for national distribution.  The Winery achieved 1,280 days with  “No-Lost Time Accidents” in January 2016 and was awarded SHARP status on February 19th, 2016.

Acceptance into the SHARP by OSHA is an achievement of status that is held only by nine New Mexico businesses.  St. Clair Winery is a model of outstanding health and safety among peers.  Winery Plant Manager, Macaryo Argott stated, “It is an accomplishment we are all very proud of.”  Of the eight other exemplary SHARP businesses, St. Clair Winery is unique in that it must also abide by Food Grade Certification guidelines.  The New Mexico Occupational Health and Safety Bureau (NM OHSB) manages two separate SHARP programs: the Construction SHARP, which houses 6 inductees, and General Industry SHARP in which St. Clair is one of only two inductees, statewide.

St. Clair Winery is a division of Southwest Wines, offering wine under several labels, including St. Clair, D.H. Lescombes and several specialty wines—including Soleil Mimosa, Plum Loco and Blue Teal.  Southwest Wines grows, produces and bottles all their wines in New Mexico.  

For addional information on the SHARP please visit www.stclairwinery.com/SHARP

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