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BETZ LABORATORIES AWARDED ISO QUALITY CERTIFICATION

 TREVOSE, Pa., Dec. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- John F. McCaughan, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Betz Laboratories, Inc. (NASDAQ: BETZ) today announced that the British Standards Institute (BSI) -- an independent quality registrar -- has simultaneously qualified all 12 production plants that service Betz customers for registered status in accordance with the requirements of the ISO 9002 quality standard.
 "ISO certification is a significant milestone for Betz and serves as our quality credential for customers around the world," said McCaughan. "It is tangible and objective evidence of our long-standing commitment to quality improvement and to our insistence on providing our customers with only the highest quality products and services."
 McCaughan noted that ISO certification, which usually requires 18 to 24 months, was accomplished by Betz in less than a year. "We were able to hasten certification due to a variety of specialized and continuing quality improvement programs already ingrained into our operations." As an example, he cited the implementation of the Betz Integrated Manufacturing System (BIMS) which computerized and systematized many of the company's basic business applications. He also noted that Betz is now working with suppliers to help them achieve ISO certification.
 ISO 9000 is a series of five generic international standards for quality management and assurance, established by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), headquartered in Geneva. ISO 9002 certification typically involves quality assurance audits conducted by an independent third-party registrar that scrutinizes aspects of a company's quality system. It requires strict compliance with ISO quality standards as well as the company's own procedures, supported by documentation that must be consistently maintained.
 ISO 9002 registration involved Betz' production, distribution, quality assurance, and materials management departments. Certification was awarded to Betz operations in Bakersfield, Calif.; Compton, Calif.; Macon, Ga.; Addison, Ill.; New Philadelphia, Ohio; Langhorne, Pa.; Garland, Texas; Orange, Texas; South Houston, Texas; Reserve, La.; Washougal, Wash.; and Cheyenne, Wy. Their achievements follow earlier certification of Betz units in the United Kingdom, Belgium and Singapore.
 Betz Laboratories, Inc., an international company headquartered in Trevose, produces and markets a wide range of engineered programs and speciality chemical products for water, wastewater, and process systems. The company's services are utilized in a variety of industrial and commercial applications, with particular emphasis on the chemical, petroleum refining, power, paper, automotive, coil and steel industries.
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