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Ben Venue Laboratories, Inc. Named Recipient of the Governor's Award for Outstanding Achievement in Environmental Stewardship

BEDFORD, Ohio, Dec. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Ben Venue Laboratories, Inc. is pleased to be the recipient of the 2008 Governor's Award for Outstanding Achievement in Environmental Stewardship presented by Governor Ted Strickland and the State of Ohio Environmental Protection Agency on December 3, 2008. The award recognizes Ben Venue for its environmental, health and safety management system that strives to promote a safe and healthy manufacturing environment, including brownfield reuse and re-development, LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) construction design and application for Silver Certification for its recently completed 90,000 square foot Lab and Office facility, recycling and reuse, energy saving, and water conservation.

Coordinated by the Ohio EPA, the award seeks to acknowledge Ohio businesses and organizations demonstrating a commitment to go above and beyond compliance, maintain aggressive environmental performance goals, and provide a process for communicating with others about program activities and progress toward established goals. Submitted nominations were rated and the Ohio EPA completed site audits with the finalists to select the eight chosen honorees. "I'm honored to recognize these forward-thinking award winners, which have all demonstrated cutting-edge achievements and a commitment to environmental stewardship in Ohio," said Ohio EPA Director Chris Korleski in a press release issued by the Governor's office. Governor Ted Strickland added, "These companies are leaders in protecting Ohio's natural resources while implementing innovative approaches that reduced the cost of doing business, improved company efficiency, and enhanced the quality of life and the environment in their communities. I commend their efforts," More information about the award is available at:

Ben Venue Laboratories, Inc. Cares

Caring for the environment is one of the many ways Ben Venue works to make a difference. Each day, employees work to fulfill the company mission to provide their customers with pharmaceutical products that improve people's health and quality of life. This commitment to others also stems deeply into how the organization gives back to the community through many avenues including responsible environmental stewardship. With support from all levels of the organization, the environmental health and safety management system continues to take on new life with each passing year. From activities including the careful consideration for environmentally-friendly construction design to numerous grass-roots employee efforts, Ben Venue cares about the footprint it maintains and the impact on the environment. Employees started a Waste Minimization and Recycling Team in 2005 to identify routes to recycle waste streams. Successes include saving valuable landfill space and significantly reducing waste disposal costs. The company recycled and reused 35 tons of material in 2005, 360 tons in 2006 and over 730 tons in 2007. A precious-metal recycling program that began in 2007 recovered over 170 troy ounces of platinum for a return of more than $265,000. A water reclamation system installed in 2006 saved more than 7 million gallons of water in 2006 with a cost savings of $57,000. The most recent accomplishment was the completion of the LEED Silver Certification application for its newest facility, a 90,000 square foot Lab and Office building. President and COO, Thomas Murphy stated, "This commitment is at the heart of how we conduct business today and is sure to bring about even greater results for the future."

About Ben Venue Laboratories, Inc.

Ben Venue Laboratories, Inc. was founded in 1938 and is a leading contract manufacturer of highly complex, sterile injectable drug products for the global pharmaceutical industry. It also markets its own line of generic sterile injectables to hospitals and alternate care markets in North America through its Bedford Laboratories division -- currently offering a variety of products including oncology, cardiovascular, anesthesia, antipsychotic and various other products. BVL has been under contract with the National Cancer Institute since 1967 to develop parenteral dosage forms for many anticancer agents. It has also manufactured various AIDS-specific drugs in conjunction with the NCI. Ben Venue is located in Bedford, Ohio and employs more than 1,100 people. For more information on Ben Venue Laboratories, visit

Ben Venue is a U.S. subsidiary of Boehringer Ingelheim Corporation (Ridgefield, CT) and a member of the Boehringer Ingelheim group of companies.

About Boehringer Ingelheim

Boehringer Ingelheim Corporation based in Ridgefield, CT, is the US headquarters to seven subsidiaries and a member of the Boehringer Ingelheim group of companies.

The Boehringer Ingelheim group is one of the world's 20 leading pharmaceutical companies. Headquartered in Ingelheim, Germany, it operates globally with 135 affiliates in 47 countries and approximately 39,800 employees. Since it was founded in 1885, the family-owned company has been committed to researching, developing, manufacturing and marketing novel products of high therapeutic value for human and veterinary medicine.

In 2007, Boehringer Ingelheim posted net sales of US $15.0 billion (10.9 billion euro) while spending approximately one-fifth of net sales in its largest business segment, Prescription Medicines, on research and development.

For more information on Boehringer Ingelheim, please visit

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