The certification of only three Linde North America facilities is awaiting before the close of 2008, after the company received the Responsible Care Certification of its Nashville, Tennessee, air separation plant.

Certification was granted under the American Chemistry Council’s (ACC) Responsible Care® programme and swiftly follows the recent award of such status to its Cartersville, Georgia manufacturing facility.

A member of The Linde Group, Linde North America is seeking to ensure that eight of its locations across the US are certified under the programme, by the end of 2008.

Earlier this year, Linde’s corporate headquarters in Murray Hill, New Jersey received certification under the Responsible Care® programme and the Nashville plant is the fifth of eight locations to be certified. Those others that have been certified are located in Cartersville, Georgia; South Bend, Indiana; Kittery, Maine; and Vancouver, Washington.

The Nashville plant, in operation since 1989, separates air cryogenically to produce over 280 tpd of liquid oxygen, nitrogen and argon. These products are trucked to hospitals, food processors and metal smelters, as well as chemicals, automobile and tire manufacturers in Alabama, Kentucky and Tennessee.

“Responsible Care is an important requirement for Linde’s continued membership in the American Chemistry Council,” said Robert Kushner, Nashville Plant Manager.

“This certification indicates our commitment to being a responsible neighbour to all the people and organisations in our communities.”

Only last week, Linde revealed that its Cartersville, Georgia manufacturing facility had received certification. The plant, which began operating earlier this year and became the fourth facility to achieve its goal, is one of Linde’s newest air separation plants in the US.

The plant cryogenically separates air to produce over 700 tpd of liquid oxygen and nitrogen, with the gases trucked to hospitals, food processors, metals and chemicals manufacturers in Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee.

The ACC meanwhile, is an association of producers, manufacturers and suppliers of chemical products.