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September 2003

Modern Plastics Corporation Recognized for its Waste Reduction and Energy Efficiency

Governor Jennifer M. Granholm announced that Modern Plastics Corporation in Benton Harbor has been designated as a Michigan Clean Corporate Citizen in a state program recognizing environmental excellence.

Modern Plastics is the 60th facility statewide to earn this honor and the first in Berrien County. Operating in Benton Harbor since 1937, Modern Plastics designs and manufactures thermoplastic custom molded products for automotive and non-automotive markets.

“I congratulate the management and associates at Modern Plastics for their continuing commitment to energy efficiency and waste reduction,” Granholm said. “Their achievements in pollution prevention show what can be accomplished when a company voluntarily incorporates environmental protection into all aspects of its daily operations.”

Modern Plastics has set aggressive goals to reduce energy use, eliminate PCB transformers, minimize waste sent to landfills, and involve every employee in recycling programs. The facility has also earned International Standards Organization 14001 certification, meeting the voluntary international standard for environmental management systems.

The Clean Corporate Citizen Program recognizes and rewards facilities that demonstrate responsible environmental management and performance. To qualify as a Clean Corporate Citizen, candidates must have a strong environmental compliance record, and adopt an effective environmental management system and facility-specific pollution prevention program. Clean Corporate Citizen designations are valid for one year and must be renewed annually. C3 recipients currently are eligible for certain regulatory benefits, including expedited permits and additional operational flexibility.


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