Cortec® Corporation Named BioPreferred® Program Pioneer!

September 3, 2021

Cortec® was recently honored to be named a “BioPreferred® Program Pioneer” for its role in the early days of the USDA BioPreferred® Program.* Cortec® was awarded the badge July 2nd as one of the first 500 companies to receive a USDA Certified Biobased Product label after the launch of the program 10 years ago. In a letter notifying Cortec® of the recognition, Andrew Jermolowicz, Director of the Business Development Division of the USDA Rural BusinessCooperative Service, stated the following:

“As the USDA BioPreferred® Program celebrates the 10th Anniversary of our certification and voluntary labeling initiative, we want to recognize you as a BioPreferred® Program Pioneer and show our appreciation for businesses like yours that showed faith in our mission. . . . This badge signifies your long-term commitment to using renewable materials, reducing our reliance on petroleum, supporting the bioeconomy, and bettering the planet through innovation. . . . When your organization took those early steps to earn certification for your biobased products, you helped grow this country's bioeconomy and establish the BioPreferred® Program as the premier government authority to verify biobased product claims.”

After a decade of participation in the program, Cortec® has more than 40 USDA Certified Biobased Products and is actively working to grow its portfolio. In 2021 alone, Cortec® received five new USDA Certified Biobased Product labels, with three newly awarded at the end of July. Each of these products undergoes third-party testing to confirm its percentage of biobased content before being allowed to display the USDA Certified Biobased Product label. Each product also meets minimum biobased content levels under the mandatory federal purchasing initiative of the USDA BioPreferred® Program, which requires federal agencies and their contractors to buy biobased products in specifically designated categories where possible. Cortec’s own USDA Certified Biobased Products include a broad range of products—primarily rust preventatives, but also rust removers,
paint removers, industrial greases, water treatment, and packaging materials.

Receiving the BioPreferred® Program Pioneer badge demonstrates Cortec’s leadership and initiative in an industry that would not initially come to mind as environmentally responsible, but where Cortec® has shown exceptional success in the R&D of products made from sustainably-sourced materials. Join Cortec® in celebrating this exciting BioPreferred® Program milestone by contacting them today to learn which USDA
Certified Biobased Products are available:

See the official BioPreferred® Program Pioneer letter of recognition here:

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