Momentive Receives Responsible Care® Management System Certifications for Six Manufacturing Sites and its Headquarters
COLUMBUS, Ohio, (Dec. 11, 2013) – Manufacturing sites owned and operated by Momentive Specialty Chemicals Inc. and Momentive Performance Materials Inc., (collectively Momentive or the Company) recently received certification under the Responsible Care® Management System (RCMS). The sites underwent independent audits to determine conformance with environmental, health and safety standards under the American Chemistry Council’s Responsible Care program. Since 1988, Responsible Care has helped American Chemistry Council member companies significantly enhance their performance and improve employee safety, the health of the communities in which they operate and the environment as a whole.
“More than a year ago, Momentive set a goal to achieve RCMS certification for six of our manufacturing sites and our headquarters location,” said Craig Morrison, Chairman and CEO, Momentive. “We reached our goal. The independent assessment of our sites confirms that our efforts and commitment to continually improve the environmental, health, safety and security performance of our facilities is moving in the right direction.”
“The certification process is exacting and thorough,” said Karen Koster, Executive Vice President, Momentive Environmental Health and Safety. “Sites were required to share environmental metrics, such as emissions and permit compliance and show how they are improving performance. Also the safety processes and incidents were reviewed for effectiveness, and each site was audited for its community outreach and emergency response initiatives.”
The Responsible Care audit focused on manufacturing sites located in Louisville, Ky., Sistersville, W.Va., Garrett, Ind., Hope, Ark., Missoula, Mont., and Deer Park, Texas. The Company’s headquarters location in Columbus, Ohio, was also reviewed and received certification. At each site an independent auditor interviewed personnel, reviewed on-the-floor processes and checked documents for accuracy and regulatory compliance. Each of the sites received reports from the auditing firm regarding best practices that were recorded from ongoing activities.
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“Many of the best practices that were highlighted by the auditors were procedures and standards that we had already established to promote safe operations,” said Kim Iverson, Vice President of Health and Safety for Momentive. “It’s through this process that we can assure ourselves and demonstrate to our neighbors that we’re doing all we can to operate in a safe, responsible and compliant manner.”
The Company’s recently certified sites in the U.S. join others who already made this commitment. Momentive sites in Sokolov, Czech Republic, and Pernis, The Netherlands, along with others in Italy are certified. The Sokolov site was honored in 2008 with a Sustainable Development award.
About the Momentive Specialty Chemicals
Based in Columbus, Ohio, Momentive Specialty Chemicals Inc. (formerly known as Hexion Specialty Chemicals, Inc.) is the global leader in thermoset resins. Momentive Specialty Chemicals Inc. serves the global wood and industrial markets through a broad range of thermoset technologies, specialty products and technical support for customers in a diverse range of applications and industries. Momentive Specialty Chemicals Inc. is an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Momentive Performance Materials Holdings LLC.
Momentive Performance Materials Holdings LLC is the ultimate parent company of Momentive Performance Materials Inc. and Momentive Specialty Chemicals Inc. Momentive is a global leader in specialty chemicals and materials, with a broad range of advanced specialty products that help industrial and consumer companies support and improve everyday life. Its technology portfolio delivers tailored solutions to meet the diverse needs of its customers around the world. Momentive was formed in October 2010 through the combination of entities that indirectly owned Momentive Performance Materials Inc. and Hexion Specialty Chemicals Inc. The capital structures and legal entity structures of both Momentive Performance Materials Inc. and Momentive Specialty Chemicals Inc., and their respective subsidiaries and direct parent companies, remain separate. Momentive Performance Materials Inc. and Momentive Specialty Chemicals Inc. file separate financial and other reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Momentive is controlled by investment funds affiliated with Apollo Global Management, LLC. Additional information about Momentive and its products is available at www.momentive.com.
Responsible Care® is a registered service mark of the American Chemistry Council, Inc.