NSF International Receives 2007 Company of the Year Award

Ann Arbor, MI – The Ann Arbor Business Review recently announced that NSF International is the 2007 Company of the Year. NSF is a not-for-profit testing and certification organization committed to providing public health protection worldwide. Crain's Detroit Business also recently voted NSF as one of the “Coolest Places to Work.”

This year, NSF acquired two companies in the United Kingdom – CMi and David Begg Associates (DBA), expanding NSF's public health services in the food, biotech and pharmaceutical industries. CMi specializes in food safety auditing, working with clients in the agriculture, food processing, distribution, retail, and catering industries, while DBA provides high-quality training and auditing solutions to the pharmaceutical industry. The acquisitions resulted in 200 additional employees with an increased presence in Europe.

"We've experienced growth overseas, but this also brings tremendous opportunity to Ann Arbor, MI," said Kevan P. Lawlor, NSF President and CEO. “It is an honor to be recognized as the 2007 Company of the Year. This award exemplifies our dedication to the local community and supports our overall public health and safety mission.”

NSF recently expanded its laboratories – doubling its laboratory space and creating 100 additional jobs in Ann Arbor, MI – to accommodate for increased product testing requests. With the recent product recalls and increased product safety concerns, the new laboratories and staff have helped expedite the testing of products from overseas.

According to Lawlor, “The recent expansion enables NSF to successfully compete in the global bio-tech industry. We are at the forefront of addressing critical public health issues, including protection of food and drinking water supplies, certification of sports nutrition and dietary supplement products and the development of standards for environmentally friendly products."

Voted One of the “Coolest Places to Work” by Crain's Detroit Business

Crain's Detroit Business recently voted NSF International as one of the coolest places to work. “Cool Places to Work” promote teamwork, encourage creativity and provide great benefits. NSF was recognized for its innovation, flexible hours and training opportunities.

NSF International has been certifying products, writing standards and conducting audits to help protect food, water and consumer goods for over 60 years. NSF's heritage dates back to 1944 when two professors from the University of Michigan and a public health official from Toledo, Ohio established the National Sanitation Foundation. Going forward, NSF plans to open additional offices and laboratories to fulfill global testing/auditing needs and ensure public health protection.

About NSF International: NSF International, an independent, not-for-profit organization, helps protect you by certifying products and writing standards for food, water and consumer goods (www.nsf.org). Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting public health and safety worldwide. NSF is a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Food and Water Safety and Indoor Environment. Additional services include safety audits for the food and water industries, management systems registrations delivered through NSF International Strategic Registrations, organic certification provided by Quality Assurance International and education through the NSF Center for Public Health Education.

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