14th Annual IPM Partner Awards Winners Announced

Food manufacturing and distribution facilities honored for pest management excellence ATLANTA, Oct. 3, 2017 – Five food processing and pharmaceutical facilities were named winners of the 2017 IPM Partner Awards co-presented by Orkin, The IPM Institute of North America and global public health organization NSF International. The winners, selected by an Awards Jury comprised of esteemed experts in the pest management and food safety industries, were honored for their dedication to and success in their Integrated Pest Management (IPM) partnerships with Orkin.

“The 2017 IPM Partner Awards winners have developed unmatched pest management programs that reflect these facilities’ dedication to IPM techniques,” said Orkin Technical Services Manager Tim Husen, Ph.D, BCE. “It’s an honor to partner with these facilities, and their well-executed IPM programs should serve as an example for all audited manufacturing facilities.”

IPM is an environmentally responsible pest management approach that emphasizes multiple methods of non-chemical pest control and prevention. The winning facilities were honored for their demonstrated commitment to comprehensive IPM programs that focused on vigilant sanitation, prompt attention to structural pest management recommendations, diligent record keeping and staff participation in IPM training sessions and efforts.

The 2017 IPM Partner Awards winners, selected from an elite group of nominees from across the country by the Awards Jury, are:

  • Fareva (Henrico, Va.) – One of the world’s leading subcontractors in the industrial and household, cosmetics and pharmaceutical fields.
  • Magnolia Foods LLC (Mira Loma, Calif.) – California-based food manufacturer and SQF Level 3 certified supplier of corn and flour tortillas, and other related products, servicing the foodservice and retail industries.
  • Petco DC #528 (Mira Loma, Calif.) – Regionally based distribution center for the leading specialty retailer of premium pet food and supplies.
  • Pure's Food Specialties Inc. (Broadview, Ill.) – A family owned and operated cookie manufacturing company, producing 60,000 pounds of cookie products per day.
  • The Wright Group (Plain City, Ohio) – A leading provider of customized nutritional blends, premixes and nutritional ingredients to global leaders in the growing functional food and nutritional supplement markets.

“The IPM Partner Awards recognize facilities that have gone above and beyond to implement IPM principles,” said Dr. Thomas Green, president of The IPM Institute of North America and 2017 IPM Partner Awards juror. “These awards reinforce the crucial role of a sustainable approach to pest management, and it’s with great pride that we honor these facilities for their commitment to protecting the environment while managing pests.”

Dr. David Baker, global technical director consulting and technical services for co-presenter NSF International, also served on the Awards Jury. “Pest management is critical to maintaining food safety in the manufacturing industry,” Baker added. “These award-winning facilities lead by example and understand that effective pest management is an ongoing process that must adapt over time.”

About the Awards Jury
  • David Baker, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.S., global technical director consulting and technical services, NSF International
  • Austin Frishman, Ph.D., B.C.E., founder, AMF Pest Management Services Inc.
  • Thomas A. Green, Ph.D., president, The IPM Institute of North America Inc.
  • Tim Husen, Ph.D., B.C.E., technical services manager, Orkin
  • Frank Meek, BCE, international technical and training director, 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. The company operates more than 400 locations with almost 8,000 employees. Using a proprietary, three-step approach, Orkin provides customized services to approximately 1.7 million homeowners and businesses in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, South America, Central America, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Asia, the Mediterranean and Africa. Orkin is committed to studying pest biology and applying scientifically proven methods. The company collaborates with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and eight major universities to conduct research and help educate consumers and businesses on pest-related health threats. Learn more about Orkin at http://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 leverage the power of the marketplace to improve health and environment through Integrated Pest Management and other sustainable practices. The Institute is a partner with Sysco Corporation on its IPM and Sustainable Agriculture Initiative with its processed fruit and vegetable suppliers, and with potato suppliers to McDonald’s Corporation, and co-leads the US National School IPM Working Group and International IPM Symposium, to be held next in 2018. 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 is an independent global organization that writes standards, and tests and certifies products for the building materials, food, water, health sciences and consumer goods industries to minimize adverse health effects and protect the environment (nsf.org). Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting human health and safety worldwide. Operating in more than 155 countries, NSF International is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and is a Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization Collaborating Center on Food Safety, Water Quality and Indoor Environment. NSF Sustainability draws upon this expertise in standards development, product assurance and certification, advisory services and quality management systems to help companies create more sustainable products, operations, systems and supply chains.