Tacoma businesses were among 16 honored statewide by the Association of Washington Business last month for going the extra mile in creating and maintaining better workplaces.

Pioneer Chlor Alkali of Tacoma won among companies with 100 to 250 employees for its commitment to worker safety. Not a single employee there has lost a workday due to injury in the past five years, and the company’s overall injury rates are consistently less than half the national average.

Agrilink Foods/Nalley’s of Tacoma won among companies with more than 250 employees for providing worker training through a public/private partnership. The training was aimed at increasing production but enabled the company to save money without cutting jobs.

Education Technology of Tacoma earned a certificate of merit among companies with 25-100 employees for its open-book management style. Open-book management is said to strengthen employees’ commitment to the business and educate employees about the operation of the company as a whole.

Intel Corporation of DuPont won among companies with 250 or more employees for safety programs that recognize the value of well-designed work areas and equipment in reducing the risk of worker injury. On the company’s list of key values is ensuring a safe, clean and injury-free workplace.