FINDLAY, Ohio—The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality has honored two of Cooper Tire & Rubber Co.'s manufacturing plants.
The firm's facilities in Tupelo and Clarksdale, Miss., were recognized as members of the MDEQ's enhance initiative, a voluntary program consisting of three-year membership terms.
"Cooper is committed to continual environmental improvements at our facilities around the world. We are working hard to remove materials from landfills, reduce our energy usage, decrease our water consumption and promote improved recycling opportunities for our scrap materials," Tom Wood, Cooper's environmental affairs director, said in a statement. "Our environmental commitment is aligned with the goals of the enHance initiative and we appreciate the networking with likeminded companies the program provides."
Cooper said the enHance initiative, which stands for "envision heightened awareness nurturing conservation and environmental excellence," recognizes committed environmental leaders in Mississippi that put in place environmental initiatives beyond those that are required. The program is designed to encourage the reduction of waste and conservation of resources with four levels of membership: associate, steward, leader, and for non-regulated entities, environmental star.
The Clarksdale plant has been a member for three years and was recognized as a steward-level member for its second three-year term. The Tupelo plant has been a member for six years and for its next thee-year term was recognized as a leader, the highest level possible.
Cooper Tire specializes in the design, manufacture, marketing and sale of passenger car, light truck, medium truck, motorcycle and racing tires. Headquartered in Findlay, the firm has operations in more than 12 countries.