Ardagh Group, Glass – North America has had its Winchester, Ind., plant awarded with ISO 14001:2004 Certification.

ISO 14001 is the internationally recognised standard for the environmental management of businesses, providing the framework to help organisations minimise their impact on the environment, comply with applicable laws and regulations, and work toward continual environmental improvement.

“The ISO 14001:2004 Certification is a significant accomplishment for our Winchester facility, and is a direct reflection of Ardagh Group’s commitment to achieving our environmental initiatives,” said John Riordan, President and CEO of Ardagh Group, Glass – North America.

“We are dedicated to being environmental leaders in the communities where we live and do business.”

During this Certification process, Ardagh Group’s Winchester employees were given the opportunity to better understand the effect their work has on the environment, resulting in more sustainable and efficient operations.

The Winchester ISO 14001 Team spent nearly nine months preparing its facility for the stringent third-party ISO audit.

The continuous improvement initiative included employee, contractor and vendor training, operational process refinement and implementation of ISO-recognised systems and procedures.

Ardagh Group’s Winchester facility was built in 1904 and specialises in the manufacture of glass containers for the food and spirits markets.

Employing approximately 425 people, Ardagh Group is the largest employer in Randolph County, Ind.

With this recent accomplishment, there are now a total of 15 Ardagh Group facilities in North America that are ISO 14001 certified.

In addition to Winchester, Ind., the other Ardagh Group facilities that have received this certification are in Bridgeton, N.J.; Burlington, Wis.; Dunkirk, Ind.; Henderson, N.C.; Lincoln, Ill.; Madera, Calif.; Marion, Ind.; Milford, Mass.; Pevely, Mo.; Port Allegany, Pa.; Ruston, La.; Sapulpa, Okla.; Seattle, Wash.; and Wilson, N.C.