FabEnCo Awards First LIFE Scholarship

Tue, 09/03/2013 - 1:19pm
LIFE Recipient Walter Smith (center) receives his scholarship award from FabEnCo’s Product Engineer, Rachel Roark (left) and Sales Representative Summer Sirianni (right) at ASSE’s 120th Annual Conference & Exposition.

Houston, TX - FabEnCo, Inc., a leading manufacturer of self-closing safety gates, announced today that Walter Smith from Southeastern Oklahoma State University was the first recipient of the FabEnCo “LaCook Investment for Excellence” (LIFE) in Occupational Safety & Health Scholarship. Walter received his award during ASSE’s 120th Annual Conference & Exposition held in Atlanta, Georgia, in June.

The endowment, established in 2012 by former FabEnCo CEO David LaCook to honor his father Hardy LaCook’s many contributions to the safety industry, annually awards a $4,000 scholarship to a student pursuing an associate, bachelor’s, master’s or PhD degree in the occupational safety, health and environmental (SH&E) field with priority given to ASSE Gulf Coast Chapter student members and/or ASSE Region III student members.

About FabEnCo

FabEnCo, Inc., a Houston-based company, is the world’s leading manufacturer of self-closing safety gates and has been providing safety solutions to industry since 1972. For a free brochure or more information about how the FabEnCo self-closing safety gate can provide fall protection as required by OSHA at ladder, platform, stair or mezzanine openings, please call the FabEnCo Marketing Department toll free at 1-800-962-6111 or visit our website at

About ASSE

The ASSE Foundation, established by and in partnership with ASSE, generates funding and provides resources for scholarships, applied research, academic accreditation, and related academic initiatives in order to advance the SH&E profession. For more information on the Foundation and its programs, visit

Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the oldest professional safety organization and is committed to protecting people, property and the environment. Its more than 34,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members lead, manage, supervise, research and consult on safety, health, transportation and environmental issues in all industries, government, labor, health care and education. For more information please go to


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