AMACO Announces Program for Providing Consumer Product Safety Commission Certificates

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AMACO announces the implementation of a state-of-the-art program for providing Consumer Product Safety Commission Certificates for distributors of AMACO products.

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At this time when we are making critical and far-reaching budget and program decisions for the upcoming school year, I write to bring to your attention to the importance of the arts as a core academic subject and part of a complete education.

AMACO (American Art Clay Co., Inc) announces the implementation of a state-of-the-art program for providing Consumer Product Safety Commission Certificates for distributors of AMACO products. Hundreds of AMACO glazes, clays, modeling and sculpting materials are approved lead free and non-toxic by the Art and Creative Materials Institute (ACMI) which evaluates safe formulations of art materials manufactured for use by children. Compliance with the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 mandates distributors of children's art materials produce certificates of conformity. To certify that AMACO ships lead free products in compliance, AMACO has created an on-line password-protected digital data bank to give certificate access to all distributors.

Steve Lampron, the Vice President of AMACO Technical Services, says, "Before I ever came to AMACO, the company was proactive about formulating lead-free glazes; so that before it was federally mandated, all AMACO glaze formulations met the criteria for what could potentially become 2011 federal standards." AMACO was one of the founding members of the Art and Creative Materials Institute (ACMI), through which art products are evaluated, tested and reviewed by a Toxicologist to establish their safety and labeling according to federal regulation. Mr. Lampron, a nationally recognized ceramic engineer, works closely with ACMI consulting toxicologists at Duke University to ensure that AMACO clay, art glazes and modeling materials adhere to strict federal guidelines for "AP" lead free and non toxic formulations. AMACO makes nearly 600 lead free glaze formulations for school and professional use, and has become the standard for quality and reliability in American schools.

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan issued a statement earlier this month, "At this time when we are making critical and far-reaching budget and program decisions for the upcoming school year, I write to bring to your attention to the importance of the arts as a core academic subject and part of a complete education." Since 2008, more grants for art education model programs have become available to school administrators who will need to ensure parents that all products and materials in their districts comply with safe standards for lead content. "Teachers rely on AMACO to be their resource for safe quality products, safe product labeling, technical support and Art Lesson Plans," says Jeff Sandoe, Vice-President of AMACO Sales. As the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 requires full transparency for parents and teachers that all products for children are lead free, AMACO is again on the forefront with a state-of-the-art digital data bank for Consumer Safety Product Commission Certificates of Conformity.

For more information about CPSIA and AMACO, please contact Steve Lampron slampron@amaco.com or talk to your Key Account Manager.

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