RANCHO DOMINGUEZ, Calif. (Nov. 5, 2002) — Wheel maker American Racing Equipment has achieved ISO 14001 status—which recognizes environmental impact management—at its Rancho Dominguez factory.
ISO 14001, an international standard created by the International Standards Organization for environmental management systems, provides a framework for managing environmental impact, similar to the way in which the ISO 9000 standard addresses issues of product or service quality, American Racing said.
The ISO awards the 14001 certification to companies whose environmental management systems conform to specified requirements and demonstrate a commitment to ensuring that company operations do not harm the environment, the company said.
"Our environmental management system reduces business liability and provides savings through improved internal management methods and process development, complementing our focus on quality and ensuring a sustained environment for continuous operations," said Robert Hange, president of American Racing Equipment. "…as good corporate citizens, we are able to attract higher-quality employees, stakeholders, subcontractors and suppliers."
American Racing Equipment said it is the first the first company in the aftermarket wheel sector to achieve this certification. The Rancho Dominguez plant also is ISO 9001 certified.
The voluntary certification process required the complete commitment by all American Racing Equipment´s personnel, from management to on-site staff, the firm said, and is part of an ongoing effort to protect the health and safety of employees, customers and neighbors.
American Racing Equipment has four full-time employees focusing on environmental services.
Founded in 1956, American Racing Equipment makes and markets more than 100 alloy wheels styles under various names, including American Racing Wheels, Epic, Motegi Racing and RJ DeVera´s signature line, Ro_Ja. Owned by Canada's Noranda Inc., American Racing sells its products and brands in more than 30 countries and through a network of more than 45,000 dealers in the U.S.