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Park Rapids plant earns EPA 'STAR' certification

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Employee commitment to corporate citizenship has again earned four ConAgra Foods Lamb Weston plants, including Park Rapids, ENERGY STAR® certification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

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The EPA awards the ENERGY STAR - one of the most recognized green marks in the world - to plants achieving best-in-class performance, based on the EPA's Energy Performance Indicator (EPI).

Lamb Weston plants in Park Rapids, Boardman, Ore., and Richland and Quincy, Wash. received ENERGY STAR re-certification for 2012.

"We couldn't be prouder of our ENERGY STAR certified plants - and employees' ongoing efforts to help them maintain their certification," said Rick Martin, vice president of Global Operations, ConAgra Foods Lamb Weston. "Lamb Weston employees are constantly on the lookout for new ways to operate sustainably and lessen our impact on the environment. "We look for every opportunity to preserve and protect our natural resources by managing energy and water usage while following rigorous food quality and safety practices," he said.

In 2008, ConAgra Foods and other food companies worked alongside the EPA to develop the EPI tool now used to determine ENERGY STAR certification in the food industry.

The EPA selected potato processing as one of the first types of food plants to benchmark because of the amount of energy and water they typically use.

"Improving the energy efficiency of our nation's industrial facilities is critical to protecting our environment, " said Jean Lupinacci, chief of the ENERGY STAR commercial and industrial branch. "From the plant floor to the board room, organizations are leading the way by making their facilities more efficient and earning EPA's ENERGY STAR certification."

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