BMW Manufacturing Corp. recognized by EPA
BMW Manufacturing Corp. has been named a charter member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s new National Environmental Performance Track.
The performance track defines what it means to be a top environmental performer and today the EPA recognized 140 facilities nationwide at ceremonies in Washington.
“From the beginning, BMW Manufacturing Corp.’s management has sought to position the company as a leader in areas of corporate citizenship, including environmental performance,” said Carl W. Flesher, vice president for Community, Corporate Relations and Environmental Services. “This recognition today reflects the efforts of many individuals from the corporate environmental officer to the associates manufacturing our vehicles.” Environmental Services Manager Gary Weinreich attributes the award to the hard work and daily commitment of the more than 4,000 associates at the Upstate South Carolina factory.
“Our goal is to achieve 100 percent compliance with all mandatory requirements, and to continuously improve beyond the minimum requirements,” Weinreich said. “Every associate’s job affects the environment in some way, whether it involves treating wastewater, selecting non-hazardous production materials, or recycling packaging waste.”
EPA Administrator Carol Browner announced the new National Environmental Performance Track in June as a recognition program for top-performing companies. The program requirements included an environmental management system, an excellent compliance record and formal targets for continual improvement.
BMW became one of the first companies in the country to apply to become part of the program. The EPA review team said that BMW’s application was not only complete but a “model” for companies wishing to apply. EPA’s website for the National Environmental Performance Track is www.epa.gov/performancetrack/.
BMW Manufacturing Corp. is a subsidiary of BMW AG in Munich. Its website address is www.bmwusfactory.com. In addition to the South Carolina manufacturing facility, BMW’s North American subsidiaries include sales, marketing and financial services operations in the United States, Canada and throughout Latin America; an information technology consulting and systems integration firm in South Carolina; a production facility in Mexico; and a design firm in California.