Linde North America has received certification of its Vancouver, Washington, manufacturing facility under the American Chemistry Council’s Responsible Care® program.

As the third such facility of eight Linde North America plants to be certified by the close of 2008, the Vancouver facility joins Linde’s corporate headquarters in Murray Hill, New Jersey and its South Bend, Indiana, CO2 plant.

The Vancouver site incorporates two air separation plants, the first of which started up in 1989. These units separate air cryogenically to produce over 600 tpd of liquid oxygen, nitrogen and argon.

Product from the Vancouver plant is trucked to hospitals, food processors, metals producers, biopharmaceutical manufacturers and semiconductor manufacturers in Washington, Oregon and Idaho.

“I am very proud of the entire Vancouver team,” said Larry Hoose, Northwest area Operations Manager. “Receiving this certification and being recognised as a Responsible Care site gives us a sense of pride and accomplishment in holding ourselves to a higher standard than just meeting regulatory requirements – a higher standard that demonstrates Linde’s strong commitment to its employees, the environment, our community and our customers.”

Charlie Koehler, Vice President of safety, health, environment and quality for Linde North America, added proudly, “All the people at our Vancouver plant worked very hard for this certification, which falls right in line with our goals as a high performance organisation and our vision to be the leading gases and engineering company.”

Responsible Care is a globally recognised management system aimed at helping companies improve performance in areas such as safety, health, environment and security.