United States Best Earn 2010 Gold Medal Ipm Partner Award

Winners Achieve Excellence in Integrated Pest Management

Four companies were named 2010 Gold Medal IPMTMPartner Award winners by OrkinThe IPM Institute of North America and NSF International for their outstanding commitment to Integrated Pest Management (IPM) partnerships.

IPM, an environmentally friendly pest management approach, emphasizes multiple methods of non-chemical pest control and prevention.  These four winners in the food processing industry utilize Orkin’s Gold MedalTMProtection, a comprehensive IPM service that focuses on vigilant sanitation, prompt adherence to structural pest management recommendations, diligent record keeping and staff participation in IPM training sessions.

“A strong partnership between a facility and its pest management provider is the key to any successful IPM program,” said Orkin Director of Quality Systems Zia Siddiqi, Ph.D.  “This year’s winners have gone the extra mile to achieve their pest management goals and earn high audit scores by working closely with their Orkin teams on a daily basis.”

The 2010 Gold MedalTM IPM Partner Award winners, selected from an elite group of approximately 40 nominees from across the country, include:

  • Ice River Springs (Kentland, Ind.) – Bottler and distributor of purified and spring water products across the United States and Canada.
  • Mission Foods (Goldsboro, N.C.) – One of the largest producers and distributors of tortilla products in the United States.
  • Tarrier Foods Corp. (Columbus, Ohio) – One of the country’s largest producers and co-packers of chopped candies, ice cream toppings and salad toppings.
  • The Cheesecake Factory Bakery Incorporated (Calabasas Hills, Calif.) – Bakery for The Cheesecake Factory® restaurants and leading foodservice operators, retailers and distributors.

Now in its seventh year, the Gold MedalTM IPM Partner Awards began as an effort by Orkin and The IPM Institute of North America to encourage the use of IPM and other environmentally friendly pest management practices.

“Our 2010 Award winners certainly are the best of the best,” said Dr. Thomas Green, president of The IPM Institute of North America.  “We’re excited to honor these top-notch food processors for their superior performance in the preventive maintenance and sanitation practices that define a true IPM program.”

As a co-presenter, NSF International brings to the program its food safety knowledge and auditing expertise.

“IPM programs are essential to food safety and quality assurance, particularly within the food processing industry, which is highly regulated,” said Jim Bail, director of technical services, NSF International.  “Pest control makes up significant portions of food processors’ third-party audits, and facilities must take proactive measures to ensure their pest management programs are successful. This year’s Award winners set the standard for other facilities to model as they prepare for their future audits.”

About the Awards Jury

  • Jim Bail, director of technical services, NSF International
  • Austin Frishman, Ph.D., B.C.E., founder and president of AMF Pest Management Services, Inc.
  • Dawn H. Gouge, Ph.D., associate professor and associate specialist – Community IPM, University of Arizona
  • Thomas A. Green, Ph.D., president, The IPM Institute of North America, Inc.
  • Ron Harrison, Ph.D., director of technical services, Orkin
  • Frank Meek, B.C.E., international technical and training director, Orkin
  • Zia Siddiqi, Ph.D., B.C.E., director of quality systems, Orkin

About Orkin, LLC

Founded in 1901, Atlanta-based Orkin is an industry leader in essential pest control services and protection against termite damage, rodents and insects in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Central America, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Asia and the Mediterranean. With more than 400 locations, Orkin’s almost 8,000 employees serve approximately 1.7 million customers. The company serves homeowners and numerous industries, including food and beverage processing, foodservice, hospitality, healthcare, retail, warehousing, property/facilities management, schools and institutions. Learn more about Orkin at www.orkin.com. Orkin is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rollins, Inc. (NYSE: ROL).

About The IPM Institute of North America

The IPM Institute of North America, Inc. is an independent non-profit organization formed in 1998 to foster recognition and rewards in the marketplace for goods and service providers who practice IPM.  The Institute’s mission is to accelerate adoption of IPM in agriculture and communities through consumer education and development of IPM standards for self-evaluation and IPM certification.  The Institute is funded by grants from government, private foundations and industry, memberships and fees for services and programs.  Learn more at www.ipminstitute.org.

About NSF International

NSF International, an independent, not-for-profit organization, certifies products and writes standards for food, water and consumer goods (www.nsf.org).  Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting public health and safety worldwide.  NSF is a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Food and Water Safety and Indoor Environment.  Additional services include safety audits for the food and water industries, management systems registrations delivered through NSF International Strategic Registrations, Ltd., and organic certification provided by QAI (Quality Assurance International).

NSF International also provides high caliber training and educational materials in the areas of food safety and water quality. Courses are taught by skilled trainers with a deep understanding in their respective industries who make classes more meaningful through their own “hands on” experience.  Impacting public health on a local level, trainings are offered in cities throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. For current course offerings and more information, visit the NSF Training and Education Web site.