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Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. plant in Texarkana, Ark., has been certified as a Superior Energy Performance (SEP) facility at the Gold level by the U.S. Department of Energy.

The company says the plant was recognized for implementing International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 50001, which provides a framework of requirements for organizations to develop policies for more efficient use of energy, set targets to meet the policies, use data to drive decisions about energy use and measure results, continually improving energy management.

In addition to meeting ISO 50001, Cooper’s Texarkana plant met the SEP program’s additional standards, improving energy performance by more than 10% over three years, earning the Gold distinction.

“SEP certification requires facilities to meet the ISO 50001 energy management standard and to measure and verify the energy performance improvement,” says Mark Johnson, director of the Advanced Manufacturing Office for the U.S. Department of Energy.  

“SEP certification speaks highly of Cooper’s dedication and hard work. It is also a clear signal that Cooper is an industry leader in energy management.”

Cooper is committed to reducing energy usage at its facilities worldwide, according to Tom Wood, director of global environmental affairs.

“We are proud that our Texarkana plant has earned SEP Gold certification, a significant accomplishment that requires innovative thinking, targeted goal setting, effective execution and continued measurement of performance with a strong commitment to continuous improvement.”

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