For Immediate Release
October 28, 2010
Hoover & Strong Announces 2010 SCS Re-Certification of Harmony Metals
Scientific Certification Systems (SCS), a globally-recognized independent third-party certifier and sustainability expert has completed the renewal evaluation of Hoover & Strong's recycled Harmony Metals products. Based on their evaluation, Harmony Metals have fully qualified for certification under the SCS Recycled Content Certification Program. Hoover and Strong was the first manufacturer in the industry to attain the SCS certification in August of 2009!
The renewal certification confirms that 100% of all HARMONY precious metals come from recycled sources.
Total precious metal content depends on manufacturer’s conformance with FTC guidelines for precious metal alloy designation. This certification does not include non-precious metal portion of the certified product.
Registration # SCS-MC-01996
"With this certification, Hoover & Strong has demonstrated its continued commitment to responsible sourcing of precious metals by incorporating reclaimed jewelry as well as silverware, coins and more, into its Harmony Metals products. As the first manufacturer to achieve SCS Recycled Content certification for its products' precious metal content, Hoover & Strong remains an industry leader in innovation and sustainable jewelry manufacturing," Michael Wolfe, Managing Director of Environmental Certification Services.
Third-party certification provides a level of consumer confidence that self-declared claims cannot. SCS recycled content certification requires a desk audit, an on-site audit of production facilities and, in some cases, lab testing. All certifications are assessed through a transparent process and must be renewed annually."
Hoover & Strong is proud to be the first refiner and precious metals manufacturer to become SCS certified with our Harmony Metals brand of mill products, findings, rings, mountings, semi-mounts and finished jewelry", says Torry Hoover, President of Hoover & Strong. "This certification not only reflects our use of recycled precious metals in our products, it demonstrates Hoover & Strong’s commitment to environmentally responsible manufacturing."
The precious metals in the final Harmony metal products, as audited and certified by SCS, are 100% from recycled sources.
Hoover & Strong started business in Buffalo, NY in 1912 as a refiner, recovering platinum from the filaments of used light bulbs, and recycling it back into alloys for both jewelry and industrial use. Since then they have expanded to produce mill products, including sheet, wire, tube and casting grain, and findings, which are the components used to make fine jewelry such as settings, ring shanks, etc. Hoover & Strong is a full-circle refiner; they purchase precious metal scrap, process this to recover fine precious metals, and recycle these into jewelry alloys for sale to the jewelry industry. Any scrap or surplus alloy generated by the jewelry industry will be purchased by Hoover & Strong to complete the circle and begin the cycle again. Hoover & Strong does this through a zero-discharge, state-of-the-art refinery plant at their Richmond, VA facility.
In addition to recycled metals, Hoover & Strong offers a vast selection of conflict-free diamonds and responsibly-sourced gemstones to their jewelry customers. Click here for information on Hoover & Strong's Loose Diamond Program.
About Hoover & Strong — Hoover & Strong is a manufacturer and refiner of 100% recycled precious metals. Established in 1912, they have grown into the supplier of choice for metalsmiths, large jewelry manufacturers, diamond houses and distributors. They provide diverse lines of products including mill products, findings, diamonds, mountings, semi-mounts and finished jewelry. Services include custom casting, diamond settings, assembly, finishing and refining. Hoover & Strong's vision is to "Provide the world jewelry market with the most innovative, environmentally-responsible products."
About Scientific Certification Systems (SCS) —Scientific Certification Systems has been providing global leadership in third-party environmental and sustainability certification, auditing, testing and standards development for more than 25 years. SCS programs span a wide cross-section of industries, recognizing achievements in green building, product manufacturing, food and agriculture, forestry, retailing and more. http://www.SCScertified.com/recycled
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