W. L. Gore & Associates' textile factory in Putzbrunn, Germany, has received ISO 14001 certification for quality and environmental management. The company's two other factories – in Elk Mills, Maryland, and Shenzhen, China – are already certified. Gore began setting up the necessary systems in its factories in 2010. These cover the oversight of energy use, the measurement and reduction of greenhouse-gas emissions, the handling of chemicals, transparency in management and so forth. Gore has a headcount of 9,500 and has been recognized by the Great Place to Work Institute as well. It is based in Delaware and generates annual sales of about $3.5 billion.