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RheTech receives USDA BioPreferred product label certification

News International-French

1 Aug 2011

The thermoplastics compounder supplying the transportation, construction, electronics and consumer markets, announced on the 25th of July that it has received accreditation for the USDA BioPreferred product label for certified biobased products.

RheTech is one of the first 100 companies to receive this accreditation, which requires that biobased products be composed entirely or significantly from agricultural ingredients.  The new label will make it easier for Federal buyers to identify these products and will provide RheTech with preferred supplier status within the Federal government and other markets.  The independently certified program and labels will also increase consumer awareness of RheTech’s high-value and ecologically-friendly products.


“We are very enthusiastic about being accepted into the BioPreferred program,” said Jim Preston, vice president of Strategic Growth at RheTech.  “Being one of the first companies to get material accreditation helps to further reinforce RheTech’s long-standing commitment to the environment, and opens up a whole new market for us within the federal government.”


About the BioPreferred Program
USDA's BioPreferred program was created by the 2002 Farm Bill to increase the purchase and use of biobased products within the Federal government and the commercial market. Congress reauthorized and strengthened the program in the 2008 Farm Bill to further promote the sale of biobased products. 

With the launch of this new biobased product label, USDA's BioPreferred program now comprises two parts: a biobased product procurement preference program for Federal agencies, and a voluntary labeling initiative for the broad-scale marketing of biobased products.
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About RheTech
RheTech, Inc. is a leading producer of filled and reinforced polypropylenes and color concentrates and additives for the automotive, truck, electronics, construction, and consumer markets. The company is headquartered in Whitmore Lake, Mich. Successfully growing its business for over forty years, this privately held company has three plants in Michigan and Ohio.

RheTech Engineered Products produces a range of engineered materials, including the RheLon® line of reinforced polyamides and is headquartered in Blacksburg, South Carolina.
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