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Malco’s Chris Strand Named to Minnesota OSHA Review Board

December 22, 2022

Malco Products, SBC, one of the nation’s leading solution developers and manufacturers of a variety of high-quality tools for the building trades, announced that its safety and environmental manager, Chris Strand, has been appointed to the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry’s Occupational Safety and Health Review Board (OSHRB).

Chris Strand

OSHRB acts as the final arbiter in contested occupational safety and health administration (OSHA) citations that have gone through the full appeal process without resolution. A person wearing glasses Description automatically generated with low confidenceStrand, who has more than three decades of experience in safety management, will serve as the management representative on the three-member board. Strand was appointed to the board by Governor Tim Walz and will serve a three-year term.

“I am excited and honored to serve on the Occupational Safety and Health Review Board for the state of Minnesota,” said Chris Strand, safety and environmental manager at Malco Products. “I look forward to working with my fellow board members to ensure Minnesota’s work environments are equitable, healthy and safe.”

“Chris’ expertise creating safe work environments for employees and improving workplace safety culture makes him an excellent choice for this appointment,” said Rich Benninghoff, Malco president and CEO. “His team’s commitment to best practices is a model for worksite safety, and his leadership and attention to detail are major reasons why Malco has been able to maintain our strong safety track record for many decades.”

The OSHA Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) recognizes small business employers who have used OSHA On-Site Consultation Program services and who operate exemplary safety and health programs. Malco first earned recognition as a SHARP participant in March 2004 and has continuously maintained this status. In addition, the company is a past recipient of the Minnesota Safety Council’s Governor’s Safety Award.

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About Malco Products, SBC

Malco Products, SBC, based in Annandale, Minnesota, is one of the nation’s leading solution developers and manufacturers of a variety of high-quality specialty hand tools for the HVAC trade (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning). Backed by over 70 years of history, Malco also manufactures “tools of the trade” for professionals engaged in exterior remodeling (roofing, siding and gutter) and fence installation. These specialized tools are built to last, rigorously tested and backed by a limited lifetime warranty. Malco is proud to be employee-owned and a Specific Benefit Corporation in the state of Minnesota, a legal designation that indicates that a specific social benefit — employee ownership, keeping jobs local and strengthening communities — is the primary driver of Malco’s business decisions. Malco earned a Manufacturing Excellence Award from Twin Cities Business Magazine in 2022 and was named the 2018 Medium Manufacturer of the Year by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. For more information about Malco Products, SBC, visit