Kenworth plants certified for environmental management

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Kenworth Truck Co. announced Tuesday, Feb. 12, that its manufacturing facilities in Chillicothe, Ohio, and Renton, Wash., have earned ISO 14001:2004 certification for effective environmental management systems established to help build Class 8 trucks in an environmentally sustainable manner.

“The Kenworth-Chillicothe and Kenworth-Renton manufacturing facilities have successfully developed and implemented innovative and effective industry-leading systems designed around the theme of ‘Reduce, Reuse and Recycle’ to decrease emissions, noise and waste sent to landfills,” says Marilyn Santangelo, assistant general manager of operations for Kirkland, Wash.-based Kenworth.

Kenworth’s medium-duty products are produced at the Paccar manufacturing facility in Ste. Therese, Que., which currently also holds ISO 14001:2004 status, an internationally recognized standard that provides guidelines and specific requirements for an environmental management system.

To achieve certification, a company must demonstrate and provide objective evidence to a third-party auditor that its system is operating effectively in conformity to the established standard. Kenworth says its audit was conducted by SGS Systems & Services Certification, the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company.

The International Organization for Standardization is the world’s largest developer and publisher of International Standards. ISO is a network of the national standards institutes of 157 countries with a Central Secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland, that coordinates the system.