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Johns Manville Receives 2014 SmartWay Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Company Honored for its Multi-Year Efforts to Promote SmartWay Program
to Carrier and Supply Chain Partners

Friday, October 3, 2014 10:27 am MDT

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DENVER
"Being a SmartWay-certified shipper has allowed us to improve the efficiency of our operations and deepen JM’s commitment to sustainable business practices"

DENVER, Colo. – October 3, 2014 – Johns Manville (JM), a global building products manufacturer, today announced it was honored with a SmartWay® Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for JM’s leadership in supply chain environmental performance and energy efficiency. The company was recognized as the top performer in the “medium-size shipper” category.

JM enrolled in the SmartWay program in early 2008 as part of the company’s comprehensive plan to reduce the environmental impacts of its global supply chain and logistics operations. As a certified SmartWay carrier and shipper, JM proactively promotes SmartWay to all its partners, industry peers, suppliers and other organizations involved in its business. To date, JM has helped or encouraged more than 150 carriers to register in the SmartWay program.

“Being a SmartWay-certified shipper has allowed us to improve the efficiency of our operations and deepen JM’s commitment to sustainable business practices,” said David Fisher, Director of Global Logistics for JM. “While SmartWay requires shippers to use certified carriers for 50 percent of their shipping, we’re proud to report that we now ship 86 percent of our freight through participating carriers. Using SmartWay’s formulas for fuel, CO2 and NOx, we’re confident that JM’s shipping operations have a much less significant impact on the environment.”

JM manages its entire supply chain with a focus on safety, efficiency, integrity and compliance. In addition to the company’s work with carriers, JM maintains a SmartWay-certified truck fleet at its manufacturing plant in Hazle Township, Pa. JM’s fleet is proven to be more fuel efficient than comparable commercial carriers.

In addition to energy efficiency and carbon emission reduction strategies, JM’s broader corporate sustainability efforts include: long-term life cycle assessments for all major product lines; solid-waste and water usage reduction programs; economic and social improvement initiatives; and other similar efforts.

Johns Manville was one of only 11 companies to receive this distinction, representing the best environmental performers among SmartWay’s nearly 3,000 partners. JM and its fellow 2014 SmartWay Excellence Award recipients were honored at the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals annual conference held in San Antonio, Texas on Sept. 23, 2014.

 About SmartWay

EPA’s SmartWay Transport Partnership is celebrating 10 years as a market-driven initiative that empowers businesses to move goods in the cleanest, most energy-efficient way possible, while protecting public health and reducing the impacts of climate change. Demonstration of a commitment to corporate sustainability and social responsibility through SmartWay provides for a more competitive and environmentally-friendly business environment. Since 2004, SmartWay Partners have saved 120.7 million barrels of oil and $16.8 billion in fuel costs. SmartWay’s clean air achievements (51.6 million metric tons of carbon dioxide, 738,000 tons of nitrogen oxides and 37,000 tons of particulate matter emissions avoided) help to protect the well-being of citizens.

 About Johns Manville

Johns Manville, a Berkshire Hathaway company (NYSE: BRK.A, BRK.B), is a leading manufacturer and marketer of premium-quality products for building insulation, mechanical insulation, commercial roofing, and roof insulation, as well as fibers and nonwovens for commercial, industrial and residential applications. JM serves markets that include aerospace, automotive and transportation, air handling, appliance, HVAC, pipe and equipment, filtration, waterproofing, building, flooring, interiors and wind energy. In business since 1858, the Denver-based company has annual sales of approximately $2.5 billion and holds leadership positions in all of the key markets that it serves. JM employs approximately 7,000 people and operates 45 manufacturing facilities in North America, Europe and China. Additional information can be found at www.jm.com.

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