Meaulne, France -- Beaulieu International Group (BIG) has 29 plants all over the world. One of these, in Meaulne, France, manufactures parquet and is part of the Beaulieu Flooring Solutions division. In June, this factory was accorded the ‘Highly Protected Risk’ (HPR) status by insurer FM Global. HPR status means the plant meets the most stringent fire prevention and protection demands.

The BIG factory at Meaulne annually produces 1.5 million square meters of parquet flooring that is sold under its Berry Wood brand, itself part of the larger BerryAlloc brand. These figures make BIG France’s biggest producer of wood-engineered parquet.

“Because we work with wood, fire safety is one of the most important prevention duties that we have – to our people, our products, our machinery and to the environment,” said Jean-Marc Legrand, director of Berry Wood.

FM Global, Beaulieu International Group’s industrial property and business interruption insurer since 2016, created the HPR status as a unique concept that demonstrates strongly reduced exposure to loss and increased business resilience. A dedicated worldwide team of engineers focuses on providing assistance and protection of BIG’s assets, helping the group to achieve a higher level of risk protection.

The Meaulne site is the fourth BIG factory to receive HPR status and the third in Europe. It scored exceptionally well in its FM Global assessment which focused on aspects including fire protection, protection against natural hazards, mechanical breakdown of machinery and cyber risks.

Its overall risk mark of 76 ranks it within the world’s top 25% of the wood product manufacturing industry for fire risk prevention and protection.

“This recognition is very important to us,” said James Neuling, vice president of Beaulieu Flooring Solutions, “We take safety at work very seriously. Every risk that exposes people, assets or the environment to risk is simply one too many for us. I believe that this fourth accolade from FM Global also demonstrates our ongoing commitment to this issue.”

Legrand added, “I would also like to express my gratitude to the entire workforce at the Meaulne site – it is only through our commitment as a team, that we succeeded in attaining HPR status. To me, this commitment is a demonstration of BIG’s strength as well as value to the customer.”

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