Hartzell Air Movement’s main manufacturing plant has been approved to produce and export wood packaging materials under International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures standard No. 15.

The certification ensures that wood used to make pallets and in packaging at the Piqua, Ohio, facility has been treated and fumigated to prevent the spread of insects and diseases that could harm ecosystems.

“This will make it easier for international companies to work with us and we can now be more competitive on export order pricing,” said company President Sean Steimle.

Approved packing materials from the Ohio plant can also be sent to Hartzell’s Portland, Ind., plant, allowing shipments from that facility to also be certified.

The ISPM will allow Hartzell to improve its on-time deliveries by eliminating third parties and clearing customs quicker, officials said.