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CertainTeed hits environmental milestones

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Valley Forge, Pa.-based CertainTeed said it has achieved significant milestones in reducing the environmental impact at its 60-plus manufacturing facilities in North America.

Specifically, CertainTeed has reduced energy consumption by 15% and water usage by 24% over the past four years. In addition, it has decreased the amount of waste going to landfills from its facilities by 33%.

“Through our collective efforts, we have established a strong culture of respect for the environment that will continue to help preserve and protect the communities in which we live and work," said Chris Altmansberger, VP of operations support and process sustainability.

During 2010 and 2011, approximately 6,000 CertainTeed employees received various types of sustainability training, which has helped drive energy, water and waste reductions.  Additionally, more than 30 plants have achieved ISO 14001 certification, which helps drive continuous improvement in regard to environmental performance.

One of CertainTeed’s operational excellence initiatives is to involve employees in waste reduction teams, which use the Kaizen approach of continuous improvement. This has been instrumental in finding new ideas for recycling and reducing waste that would otherwise be landfilled, according to the company.

By embracing new lighting technology, such as T5 fluorescent lamps, the Calgary, Alberta; Buffalo, New York; and Seattle plants have increased their energy efficiency. Process reconfigurations at the Lodi, Calif.; McPherson, Kan.; and Norwood, Mass.; plants eliminated the need for pumping equipment and compressors, resulting in a more than 1.3 million kilowatt hour energy reduction annually. 

CertainTeed also pointed to progress in the recycling of cardboard, pallets and packaging. In addition, new solutions continue to be successful in creating closed loop water reuse systems, which has been very beneficial in reducing fresh water utilization and water treatment requirements.

 

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Window and door manufacturer Marvin has promoted Brett Boyum to the position of VP marketing.

Boyum has been with Marvin for nearly 15 years, most recently as director of marketing for both Marvin and its sister brand, Integrity Windows and Doors. He succeeds Tom Angelis, who is retiring.

“As a key member of our marketing team, Brett has led the development and implementation of many of our most successful products and programs,” said Susan Marvin, president of Marvin Windows and Doors.

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Zep expands presence at Lowe’s

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Atlanta-based cleaning and maintenance product supplier Zep Inc. said that 50 Zep commercial products will soon be offered in 1,360 Lowe’s at a time when the retailer moves to enhance its cleaning and maintenance chemical category.

The additional line of Zep-branded professional strength solutions will be available to Lowe’s customers by March 2012, according to Zep


"This agreement reinforces our decade-long relationship with one of the leading home improvement retailers worldwide, and comes in direct response to customer demand for wider availability of our high-efficacy solutions," said Joe Seladi, group president, Amrep, a wholly owned subsidiary of Zep Inc.

Lowe’s will offer 50 items in the Zep Commercial line, including All Purpose Cleaner-Degreaser, Oxy Carpet and Upholstery Cleaner, Hardwood Floor Cleaner, and High Traffic Floor Cleaner. The products will begin appearing on shelves in time for spring-cleaning season. Lowe’s also carries Zep Inc.’s Enforcer brand of insecticide, herbicide and rodenticide products.


Zep Commercial products are past winners of a Golden Hammer Award from Home Channel News.
 

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