North American Caterpillar Dealership, Empire Southwest, Joins Blackline Collective

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CALGARY, British Columbia – (BUSINESS WIRE) – Blackline Safety Corp. (TSX.V: BLN), a global leader in gas detection and networked safety solutions, welcomes Empire Southwest, a Caterpillar dealer based in Mesa, Arizona, to its Blackline Collective program, a network of individuals and employee organizations that work to improve safety and productivity in the workplace.

As part of its stake in Blackline Collective, Empire Southwest provided a video insight into the strength of leadership as a key element in building a safety program and culture, especially in industrial environments where profit and productivity tend to precede safety in the workplace to have. Through multiple safety initiatives driven by its executive team, Empire Southwest has achieved strong buy-in and log adoption across the company, reducing the reportable injury rate value by 94% in just three years .

“Every effective security program starts at the top of an organization, it doesn’t go anywhere else,” said Jeff Whiteman, CEO of Empire Southwest. “Safety is more important than productivity and profit. It is the responsibility of leadership to get this message across to their employees every day and continue to learn best practices to keep everyone safe. With Blackline Collective we can learn from each other. This is a great opportunity to learn from successes and mistakes, and to advance our security protocols. ”

Empire Southwest has embarked on its top-down security transformation over the past several years with several initiatives including the formation of a first responder program and security teams at all levels of its organization to ensure that security remains a priority in all efforts. It organizes and conducts town hall meetings on a regular basis, giving staff the opportunity to ask questions or provide leadership with recommendations on safety practices and more.

“Empire Southwest is an organization that embodies the importance of a multi-generational family business, living it every day. Their primary concern is the health and wellbeing of their employees,” said Sean Stinson, chief revenue officer, Blackline Safety. “The lessons Jeff and his team can learn from how leadership promotes safety are invaluable. Any organization, regardless of its size or industry, can do something for Empire’s approach to building a safety culture. That is exactly what we are trying to achieve with Blackline Collective. ”

To learn more about the Empire and Blackline Collective security programs, visit

About Empire Southwest: Empire Southwest is an authorized Cat® distributor of heavy equipment and power systems throughout Arizona and Southeast California. In addition, Empire is a provider of commercial SunPower solar products, an authorized AGCO agricultural equipment dealer, and a leading distributor of Fuso, maintainers and other leading brands of trucks and trailers. The third generation family company was founded in 1950 and employs over 2,000 people at 22 locations. Empire’s affiliate technology companies include SITECH Southwest, Allen Instruments, Take-off Professionals (TOPS), and BuildingPoint West. Learn more about Empire’s products, services, partnerships and careers at

About Blackline Safety: Blackline Safety is a global leader in connected safety, helping everyone get their job done and return home safely every day. Blackline provides portable security technology, personal and territorial gas monitoring, cloud-connected software, and data analysis to address sophisticated security challenges and increase business productivity in more than 100 countries. Blackline Safety Wearables provide a lifeline for tens of thousands of men and women after reporting over 140 billion data points and initiating over five million emergency responses. Thanks to the cellular and satellite connection, we ensure that help is never too far away. For more information, please visit and on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.