Dryvit Systems Inc. has announced that its Sand Springs, Okla., manufacturing plant has received ISO14001:2004 certification. This is the first step in the company’s plan to achieve ISO certification for each of its five North American manufacturing facilities by the end of 2007.

“Receiving the ISO14001 certification is an important step in Dryvit’s ongoing commitment to environmental stewardship,” said Tony Stall, vice president of marketing for Dryvit Systems. “We are dedicated to making our environmental footprint as small as possible, which involves energy and natural resource conservation and recycling as principal initiatives.”

ISO14001 is the International Organization for Standardization’s environmental management standard, which aims to minimize how operations affect the environment through adherence to a set of strict regulations.

At the core of ISO14001 certification is a full-time commitment to reduce, reuse and recycle in all phases of the company’s operations. The registrar, National Quality Assurance, certified the EIFS manufacturer’s Oklahoma facility after an extensive auditing process.