Cooper Miss. plant selected for stewardship program

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CLARKSDALE, Miss. (March 5, 2014) — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality has accepted Cooper Tire & Rubber Co.'s Clarksdale plant into its enHance program as a "Steward."

The factory was accepted based on its record of landfill and energy usage reductions, Cooper said, adding that its Tupelo, Miss., plant was similarly recognized in 2011.

The enHance voluntary stewardship program — which stands for "envision heightened awareness nurturing conservation and environmental excellence" — recognizes committed environmental leaders in Mississippi that accomplish environmental initiatives beyond those legally required.

The program is designed to encourage the reduction of waste and conservation of resources, resulting in long term economic benefits and continuous environmental enhancement. Participating organizations demonstrate a record of, and make a commitment to, achieving environmental improvements, according to Cooper.

"As a long-standing corporate citizen of Mississippi, Cooper is committed to being a good environmental steward," said Fred Doster, the Clarksdale facility's plant manager.

"Our plant is committed to using energy and natural resources efficiently, reducing waste, and preventing pollution through the use of good environmental practices, and being accepted into the enHance program further demonstrates our commitment to environmental excellence."

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