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Springs names its associate of the year

ROCK HILL , S.C. –Springs Industries Associate Tommy "Louie" Rutledge has been named the company’s Rewards and Recognition Corporate Associate of the Year by Crandall Bowles, Springs’ chairman and CEO.

A truck driver at Springs’ Traffic and Transportation Department in Lancaster , S.C. , Rutledge was selected from among 39 annual winners representing nearly every facility in the company. Those 39 winners were chosen out of more than 14,000 employees.

"Hearing my name was a little bit of a shock," Rutledge said after hearing he had been selected. "You always figure someone else is going to take it."

Rutledge, who joined Springs in 1996, stood out among his competitors for correcting errors on shipments of bedding products. His efforts saved the company thousands of dollars on reduced transportation charges, according to Springs.