Saint-Gobain Technical Fabrics facility earns ISO 14001:2004 certification

Midland, Ontario plant recognized for environmentally conscious manufacturing processes.

Saint-Gobain Technical Fabrics, makers of FibaTape®, FibaCrete® and OEM reinforcement fabrics, is pleased to announce that their manufacturing unit in Midland, ON, Canada has received the ISO 14001:2004 certification, the internationally recognized standard for environmental management systems.

The Technical Fabrics facility in Midland manufactures woven glass mesh for residential and commercial construction markets as well as other high-performance niche markets. The Midland location is one of five Saint-Gobain Technical Fabrics' North American manufacturing plants that have undertaken the effort to obtain certification by the end of 2011.

"Saint-Gobain takes seriously its commitment to the environment", said Mike Heburn, Director of Operations for Saint-Gobain Technical Fabrics. "We are proud of the team in our Midland, ON facility for completing the rigorous certification requirements and being our first Canadian operations to complete the program. We've made a strong commitment to the ISO standard in all our facilities as part of our social contract with the communities they are a part of."

Established by the International Organization for Standardization, ISO 14001:2004 specifies requirements for an environmental management tool used to achieve internal and external environmental goals. The certification process enables organizations to identify and control the environmental impact of its activities, products or services, improve its environmental performance continually, and implement a systematic approach for setting and achieving environmental objectives and targets.

The systematic ISO 14001:2004 approach uses best universal practices while requiring organizations to undertake a thorough review of all the areas where its activities have an environmental impact. This process leads to reduced costs for waste management, reduced consumption of energy and materials, lower distribution costs, improved company image, and the establishment of a framework for continual improvement. The certification process was conducted by SAI Global Certification Services Pty Ltd., an international provider of ISO 14001 assessment, certification and training.

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