Sidney Plant Leads Lear Corporation's Drive to Improve

With carpet and scrap recycling as a cornerstone of its pollution prevention plan, Lear Corporation's Sidney, Ohio facility has earned coveted ISO 14001 certification. The Sidney plant is the first Lear plant worldwide to be certified to this internationally recognized environmental management standard. "ISO 14000 is a series of international standards governing environmental management systems," according to Dr. Rebecca Spearot, Director of Environmental Management at Lear. "By attaining ISO 14001 certification at the Sidney plant and with certification efforts underway at a number of other Lear facilities, Lear joins automakers dedicated to addressing the immediate and long-term impact on the environment of its facilities and products." "Lear is especially aware of the importance of good environmental citizenship," said Kenneth L. Way, Chairman and CEO of Lear Corporation. "We are proud of the job our employees at Sidney and the rest of our facilities around the globe are doing to protect the world for future generations." Lear Sidney, a part of Lear's Manufacturing Operations Division (MOD), produces floor carpet, trunk trim, and back panels for plants that assemble the Ford Taurus and Ford Ranger, the Lincoln LS and the Mercury Sable, among others. In order to achieve ISO 14001 certification, a plant must, as a first step, identify the aspects of the operation's activities, products and services that impact the environment and then develop objectives and targets to reduce that impact. The objectives and targets are monitored to demonstrate continual environmental improvement. Solid waste was identified as a significant environmental aspect of Sidney's operations. Carpet scraps were sent to landfills, which impacted the environment and proved costly. Now the plant is working toward a relationship with a nearby business that would recycle the carpet "offal" instead. It is anticipated that this reduction in landfill usage will result in both a cost savings and reduced impact to the environment. "As a result of working for this ISO certification, the staff of Lear Sidney influenced the result of their impact on the environment, they influenced their economics, and they found a worthy way to reuse their scrap material," Spearot said. "That's no small feat. They lead Lear's continuing drive for environmental responsibility." Plant Manager Kurt Jensen praised the work of the Lear Sidney ISO 14000 core group, including Tracy Bennion, Jeff Deitering, Marie Homan, Darin Hulsmeyer, Sue Platfoot and Casey Vincent. "It took time and teamwork to reach this important milestone," Jensen said. "These associates, along with their 275 co-workers, take pride in their role in the certification process. We are encouraged that the steps we took will help lay the groundwork for an ongoing commitment to the environment from our company and from the community." Lear Corporation (NYSE: LEA), a Fortune 200 company headquartered in Southfield, Michigan (USA), is one of the world's largest automotive suppliers, with 1998 proforma sales of more than $12 billion. The company's world-class products are designed, engineered and manufactured by more than 100,000 employees in over 300 facilities located in 33 countries. Information about Lear and its products is available on the Internet at ots Original Text Service: Lear Corporation Internet: Contact: Karen Stewart, Director - Corporate Communications of Lear (USA) 248- 447-1651 Company News On-Call: or Fax, (USA) 800- 758-5804, ext. 518304 Web site:

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