Press Releases

Labor Commissioner Josh Dobson visited Syngenta North America Crop Protection in Greensboro on Tuesday, May 17, to present employees and management with a 21 Million-Hour award. Million-Hour safety awards are given to businesses which accumulate one million employee hours with no injuries or illnesses involving days away from work.

Mitchell County native James “Beau” Thomas was named the new chief of the labor department’s Mine and Quarry Bureau in an announcement made by Labor Commissioner Josh Dobson during a staff meeting on Tuesday, May 10. Thomas succeeds previous bureau chief William Gerringer, who retired at the end of April.

Labor Commissioner Josh Dobson was honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award at the second annual Alumni Awards Ceremony held on Monday, May 9, at the McDowell Technical Community College (MTCC) Crane Resistoflex Auditorium.

Commissioner Dobson emphasized the lasting impact MTCC had on his career. The educational opportunities offered by the North Carolina Community College System are an integral part of his continued success as a public official. 

Labor Commissioner Josh Dobson will convene a meeting of the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Advisory Council on Thursday, May 12. The meeting—slated to begin at 10 a.m.—will be held in-person and virtually from the NCDOL Lake Boone Trail Office in Raleigh.

Labor Commissioner Josh Dobson and MaryBe McMillan, President, North Carolina State AFL-CIO released the following statement regarding Workers’ Memorial Day 2022:

The N.C. Department of Labor and Jacobs (NYSE:J), a leading professional services firm, marked the beginning of a safety partnership agreement. The partnership was signed on Monday, April 11 at the Holly Springs, N.C. construction site for FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies new state-of-the-art large-scale cell-culture facility scheduled to open in 2025.

On Friday, April 8, The Quartz Corp. (TQC) hosted N.C. Department of Labor (NCDOL) Commissioner Josh Dobson and Mine and Quarry Bureau Chief William Gerringer for a site tour of their newly renovated mining logistics facility located in Yancey County. The tour highlighted the upgrades to the facility that enhance safety technology and ensure safer working conditions. 

On Tuesday, April 12, N.C. Department of Labor (NCDOL) Commissioner Josh Dobson presented Messer Construction Co. with a Building Star award at the Cabarrus County courthouse worksite in Concord. Cabarrus County contracted Messer to complete a renovation and expansion to the courthouse, and this is the initial Building Star award presented to Messer’s Charlotte region.

On Monday, April 4, Labor Commissioner Josh Dobson was honored as the 2022 Steve Jordan Lighthouse Award recipient at this year’s North Carolina Providers Council (NCPC) Annual Conference held at the Hilton DoubleTree Biltmore in Asheville. 

Cambrex Corp.’s Durham facility was honored at a Carolina Star Recertification Ceremony on Tuesday, April 5. The award was presented during an event recognizing the Durham’s site achievement as Cambrex’s “Team of the Year.”. N.C. Department of Labor Commissioner Josh Dobson gave brief remarks and presented the acrylic star to management, the site safety team and employees.