Mann Packing Co., Salinas, Calif., received certification as a Women Business Enterprise through the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council.

Mann Packing certified as Women Business Enterprise The Council certification ensures that applicants are 51% owned, operated and controlled by a woman or group of women.

“We are honored to receive this world-class certification from WBENC,” Lorri Koster, Mann Packing board chairwoman and chief executive officer, said in a news release. “This certification is nationally accepted by major corporations and select government entities. The process was rigorous, multi-faceted and thorough to say the least.”

The certification will generate awareness for Mann with companies and government agencies that are actively seeking to conduct business with a women-owned business, according to the release.

Mann also expanded its board of directors to include Elin Dowd, former president of Monrovia Nurseries, and Betsy Sanders, former vice president at Nordstrom, according to the release.