15th Annual IPM Partner Awards Winners Announced

Food and pharmaceutical manufacturing and distribution facilities honored for pest management excellence

ATLANTA, Oct. 10, 2018 – Five food processing and pharmaceutical facilities were named winners of the 2018 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 2018 IPM Partner Awards winners have demonstrated the greatest commitment to sustainable IPM programs,” said Orkin Technical Services Manager Tim Husen, Ph.D., BCE. “These facilities serve as an example for all audited manufacturing companies, and we want to honor and reward their dedication.”

IPM is an environmentally responsible pest management approach that emphasizes multiple methods of non-chemical pest control and prevention. The winning facilities have developed IPM programs that focus on vigilant sanitation, prompt attention to structural pest management recommendations, diligent record keeping and staff participation in IPM training sessions and efforts.

The 2018 IPM Partner Awards winners, selected from an elite group of nominees from across the country by the Awards Jury, are:

  • Baldwin Richardson Foods (Macedon, N.Y.) – Custom developer and ingredient manufacturing company of syrups, fillings, sauces and toppings.
  • Cusano’s Baking Company (Coconut Creek, Fla.) – Family-owned baking company and national distributor that specializes in high quality breads and rolls.
  • Ezzo Sausage Company (Columbus, Ohio) – Family-owned food manufacturer and distributor of fine Italian dried, fresh and cured meats.
  • Petco DC #638 (Orlando, Fla.) – Regionally based distribution center for the leading specialty retailer of premium pet food and supplies.
  • Wockhardt Pharmaceuticals (Morton Grove, Ill.) – Leading manufacturer and marketer of oral liquid and topical pharmaceuticals.

“A commitment to IPM principles benefits the environment and the health of our food supply,” said Dr. Thomas Green, president of The IPM Institute of North America and 2018 IPM Partner Awards juror. “At the IPM Institute of North America, our goal is to accelerate the adoption of IPM and other best practices, and it’s with great pride that we recognize these facilities that have gone above and beyond to achieve IPM excellence.”

Dr. David Baker, global technical director consulting and technical services for co-presenter NSF International, also served on the Awards Jury. “Effective pest management is a pillar of food safety,” Baker stated. “The 2018 winners lead by example and adapt their IPM programs over time to achieve ongoing success.” 

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., BCE, founder, AMF Pest Management Services Inc.
  • Thomas A. Green, Ph.D., president, The IPM Institute of North America Inc.
  • Tim Husen, Ph.D., BCE., technical services manager, Orkin
  • Frank Meek, BCE, international technical and training director, Orkin
  • Zia Ziddiqi, Ph.D., BCE, pest management consultant, Zia Siddiqi Consulting

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. Since 2014, Orkin’s Start with Science™ initiative has donated $850,000 to fund science and math projects in public schools across the nation. Learn more about Orkin at Orkin.com. Orkin is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rollins Inc. (NYSE: ROL). Follow us on Facebook and LinkedIn.

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 2021. 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 International has a professional staff of engineers, microbiologists, toxicologists, chemists, public health experts and certification specialists in locations worldwide. This expertise in standards development, product assurance and certification, advisory services and quality management systems enables companies to increase the value, safety and sustainability of their products, operations, systems and supply chains.