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Lasco Fittings is the First Fittings Producer to be Certified to PPFA’s SM-CAP

Tuesday, September 30, 2014   (0 Comments)
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The Plastic Pipe and Fittings Association (PPFA) is pleased to announce that Lasco Fittings is the second company in North America and first fittings producer to be certified to PPFA’s “Sustainable Manufacturing Conformity Assessment Program for Plastic Piping Components” (SM-CAP). The program certifies reductions in a manufacturer's year-over- year environmental footprint by careful analysis and measurement of resource use.

Jack McDonald, President and CEO of Lasco Fittings, said: "Lasco is very happy to have the first plastic fittings facility certified under PPFA’s SM-CAP program. The program pushes us to create efficiencies in our manufacturing processes and improve the environmental footprint of our facilities."

Certification to SM-CAP means that a facility meets the requirements set forth in PPFA’s "Sustainable Manufacturing Standard (SMS-01-2012)". The standard establishes requirements for measuring both the existing environmental performance and the continuous improvement thereof by manufacturers of plastic piping system components. SMS 01-2012 applies to those who manufacture plastic piping system components and to the resources used in their manufacture.

SM-CAP creates year-to-year reductions in water use, energy use, packaging materials waste, material conversion efficiency, and product material waste. In addition criteria are set to promote plant safety, safe product use, continual participation in industry Life Cycle Analysis, maintaining certification for American National Standards governing product quality and safety, and generally lowering the company’s environmental footprint.

Richard Church, PPFA’s Executive Director stated, “While the plastic pipe and fittings manufacturing process is very clean by any comparison to other manufacturing processes, our members felt PPFA needed to create a program that challenged the industry to continue to improve the process to leave less and less of an environmental footprint. Our certification program lays the foundation for this to happen.”

For more information on the PPFA Sustainable Manufacturing Conformity Assessment Program for Plastic Piping Components” program please visit:

For more information on Lasco Fittings, visit:

The Plastic Pipe and Fittings Association (PPFA) represents the leading manufacturers of plastic piping, fittings and solvent cements for plumbing and related applications, and leading suppliers of raw materials, ingredients or machinery for the manufacturing process. To learn more about PPFA, visit the website at

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