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Volvo Penta Marine Products Facility in Lexington recognized by State of Tennessee – Department of Environment and Conservation

The facility was honored for achieving Performer Level status in the Tennessee Pollution Prevention Partnership environmental leadership program.
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(Lexington, TN) March 24, 2009 – State of Tennessee Environment and Conservation Commissioner Jim Fyke presented a Certificate of Recognition and a Green Performer flag to Volvo Penta’s Environmental and Safety Coordinator, Dana Scates and its Director of Operations, Mac Rose, recognizing the Lexington, TN facility’s achievements in preventing pollution in a ceremony on March 24, 2009.  The Volvo Penta Marine Products plant, located at 200 Robert Wallace Drive, Lexington, TN, is the 13th Tennessee Pollution Prevention Partnership (TP3) member to achieve the distinguished level of Performer status in the Tennessee Pollution Prevention Partnership leadership program. 

In addition to Randy Phelps, Global Sr. Vice President of Manufacturing for Volvo Penta, members of the Henderson County Chamber of Commerce and other community and industrial groups were in attendance. 

“This is a great achievement for both Volvo Penta and its employees at the Lexington facility,” said Fyke.  “It demonstrates the facility’s commitment to seek out opportunities to eliminate and reduce waste, save natural resources and prevent pollution.  We appreciate the leadership Volvo Penta and all our TP3 performers provide to help protect our natural resources.”

To achieve Performer status, TP3 program participants are required to develop and complete a five-project plan to help prevent pollution of air, land and water, while reducing waste and conserving natural resources.  Performers also incorporate community outreach and mentoring into their programs.

“Environmental care is one of the core values of the Volvo Group and an integral part of Volvo Penta's commitment to customers and end users, employees and the community,” said Rose.  “We are honored to received this recognition and applaud our associates’ efforts to conserve and preserve our community’s resources.”

Volvo Penta documented five environmental success stories to achieve Performer status, demonstrating measurable results in pollution prevention. Notable results include lowering hazardous air pollutants by 9.5 tons, reducing hazardous waste by 10,000 pounds, preventing 250 tons of carbon dioxide emissions and reducing water usage by nearly a quarter million gallons per year.  Additionally, the facility reclaimed more than 660,000 kilograms of material including used oil, wood, cardboard and scrap metal for further use rather than simply discarding in a landfill.

 For more information about Volvo Penta Marine Products’ pollution prevention projects, please visit: http://www.tn.gov/environment/ea/tp3/tp3_volvo.shtml.

The Tennessee Pollution Prevention Partnership is a statewide network of households, schools, government agencies, organizations, businesses and industries working together to prevent pollution. The Tennessee Pollution Prevention Roundtable, with assistance from the Department of Environment and Conservation, developed many of the guidelines for TP3. For more information on the Tennessee Pollution Prevention Partnership, please visit www.tn.gov/environment/ea/tp3.

 
Pictured are (from left)  Mac Rose, Director of Operations and Dana Scates , ISO and Safety Coordinator, Volvo Penta, Lexington Facility  and Jim Fyke, Tennessee Environment and  Conservation  Commissioner


Volvo Penta Lexington, TN Facility

 
About Volvo Penta

Volvo Penta, with more than 5,000 dealers in over 130 countries, is a world-leading and global manufacturer of engines and complete power systems for both marine and industrial applications.  The engine program comprises diesel and gasoline engines with power outputs of between 10 and 2,000 hp.  Volvo Penta is part of the Volvo Group, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of trucks, buses, construction equipment, drive systems for marine and industrial applications and aerospace components and services.  The Group also provides complete solutions for financing and service.  For more information, please visit www.volvopenta.com.


About Volvo Group

The Volvo Group is one of the world's leading manufacturers of trucks, buses and construction equipment, drive systems for marine and industrial applications, aerospace components and services, and is one of the world's leading producers of heavy-diesel engines (9-16 liter). The Group also provides complete solutions for financing and service. The Volvo Group, which employs about 100,000 people, has production facilities in 19 countries and sells their products in more than 180 markets. Volvo Group sales for 2008 amounted to over 46 BUSD. The Volvo Group is a publicly-held company headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden. Volvo Shares are listed on Nasdaq OMX Nordic Exchange and are traded OTC in the US.

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For additional information, please call Susan Lee at Volvo Penta of the Americas.  Phone: 757-436-5173; E-mail: susan.lee@volvo.com