VALDOSTA — Local dignitaries, employees and company officials joined family and friends of Weyerhauser staff for a ceremony celebrating the renaming of Trus Joist to iLevel. TrusJoist was the name of the Weyerhauser facility located on Clay Road in Valdosta; it will now boast the new iLevel name.

The ceremony was held at 3:15 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10, in conjunction with the facility’s family-day event, which included touring the operations and a barbecue luncheon. Scott Reed, new plant manager at iLevel, led the event with special words from County Commission Chairman Rod Casey and Mayor John Fretti.

With help from Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber ambassadors, a ribbon was cut signifying the company’s new step.

As a special treat for employees and their families, an iLevel by Weyerhaeuser Ford Fusion show car was on display. A functional NASCAR Busch Series race car, the car helps promote safety at the Valdosta iLevel facility.

The car is visiting iLevel plants throughout the United States for Weyerhaeuser’s “Race to be Safe — Take it to Zero” campaign, a part of the company’s overall safety program. Weyerhaeuser has set a goal of achieving zero safety incidents.

“iLevel is proud to sponsor drivers Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards for the 2006 NASCAR Busch Series,” Scott Reed, mill manager of the Weyerhaeuser facility in Valdosta, said. “NASCAR’s focus on safety provides a fun and memorable way to reinforce safety at iLevel facilities. Our employees and their families all enjoyed viewing the show car.”

Reed also stated: “Today is about much more than a car. The race is just beginning, and from the looks of things, we’re off to a winning start.”

Reed recently became manager of the local plant. More information about him and the company’s name change is available in this section.

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