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Ohio EPA Director Recognizes Huber Heights Company for Environmental Excellence, Leadership
Ohio EPA Director Craig W. Butler visited Enginetics Corp. today to recognize the company for its ongoing efforts in environmental stewardship. During a facility tour, Enginetics staff showed how the company strives to minimize its environmental impact while producing state-of-the-art engine components for the aerospace industry.
Ohio EPA recognized Enginetics’ environmental stewardship efforts with a gold-level award under the Agency’s Encouraging Environmental Excellence (E3) program.
“Ohio’s people and businesses have long been leaders in the aerospace industry and Enginetics continues that tradition,” Director Butler said. “However, they also are leaders in manufacturing with an eye on efficiency and environmental protection, particularly in the use of industrial chemicals. We are proud to present Enginetics our highest recognition for environmental stewardship.”
Enginetics Corp. was founded in 1976. Based in Huber Heights, the company is a leading producer of aircraft engine components serving the U.S. and European aviation markets.
A highlight of Enginetics’ environmental stewardship program is its purchasing and use of chemicals. All chemicals used at Enginetics are reviewed before purchase to identify potential impacts to the environment. The company has replaced aerosols with liquids that can be applied with alternative methods. Currently, Enginetics is reviewing a program to recycle the aerosol products that are still needed for production.
In 2012, Enginetics achieved certification in the ISO 14001 environmental management systems standards. The company also is in compliance with REACH, a European Union chemical regulation required by European customers. The company also purchases “green certified” products where possible and has replaced some janitorial products with recycled products and environmental friendly cleaners.
Enginetics adopted the Lean manufacturing program in 2005 and adopted the “Theory of Constraint” (TOC) program in 2012. TOC involves the study of production flow and reduction of bottlenecks to improve efficiency. With this process, the company reduced the amount of product in its tool crib, reduced workload and manufacturing time. Purchasing blanks instead of sheet stock has saved energy and labor time and reduced scrap metal waste.
The company started a recycling program in 2011 and has reduced the amount of waste sent to landfills from 29.81 tons to 15.26 tons, including recycling more than 88,000 pounds of process material annually. The company also monitors use of electricity and has saved more than 7,400 kilowatt hours a year.
Ohio EPA’s E3 program acknowledges Ohio businesses and other organizations for completing environmentally beneficial activities and serves as an incentive to commit to ongoing environmental stewardship. To earn a gold-level award, an organization must have an excellent environmental compliance record, exceed regulatory compliance obligations and commit to long-term strategies to reduce waste, lower emissions and improve environmental performance.
E3 recognition has three levels of recognition, with gold being the highest. The other levels are silver and achievement levels. Enginetics was previously recognized at the achievement level in 2013.
To learn more about the E3 program, go to www.epa.ohio.gov/ohioe3.aspx or contact the Ohio EPA Office of Compliance Assistance and Pollution Prevention at 1-800-329-7518.
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency was created in 1972 to consolidate efforts to protect and improve air quality, water quality and waste management in Ohio. Since then, air pollutants dropped by as much as 90 percent; large rivers meeting standards improved from 21 percent to 89 percent; and hundreds of polluting, open dumps were replaced with engineered landfills and an increased emphasis on waste reduction and recycling.