Kenworth manufacturing plant receives environmental honor

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Kenworth Truck Co. announced that its manufacturing plant in Renton, Wash., recently was honored by the King County Industrial Waste Program. Kenworth-Renton received King County’s Commitment-to-Compliance Award for five consecutive years of outstanding compliance with the plant’s industrial wastewater discharge permit.

The honor marked the plant’s second consecutive Commitment-to-Compliance award, which represents 10 consecutive years of no wastewater violations of any kind covering discharge, permit, ordinance, reporting, self-monitoring and King County monitoring, according to the Kirkland, Wash.-based truck maker.

“Kenworth is pleased to again receive this prestigious environmental award from King County,” says Marilyn Santangelo, Kenworth assistant general manager for operations. “The award is a testament to the diligent efforts of employees at the Kenworth-Renton plant to achieve and maintain a high level of environmental accomplishment, and is an important part of the plant’s comprehensive efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle.”

Kenworth-Renton and the Kenworth-Chillicothe plant in Ohio both hold the ISO 14001:2004 certification for effective environmental management systems established to help build Class 8 trucks in an environmentally sustainable manner. Kenworth’s medium-duty products are produced at the Paccar manufacturing facility in Ste. Therese, Quebec, which also holds ISO 14001:2004 status.