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Green Initiatives in Manufacturing

Posted: Thursday, March 07, 2013

Manufacturing is generally thought to unfriendly to the environment. However, there are initiatives that companies can take to lessen the impact of their environmental footprint.

In 2012, Orchid Oregon had an initiative to reduce energy usage. It was led by Jeff Glenn, Oregon’s Purchasing Manager, and he worked closely with the Facilities Manager (Todd Charles) and the Cost Accountant (David Parnell). These three formed a team and worked with the supervisors and the Environmental / Health and Safety (EHS) committee to identify energy waste and look for ways to be more efficient. They also joined in a consortium with other Oregon companies to learn about energy usage and how to identify waste.

The result was Oregon Reduced its usage by 7.8% through eliminating air leaks, stagger starting furnaces, upgrading some small equipment to something that as more energy efficient and eliminating some things that were not necessary. Some of the reduction also came through daily practices like turning off lights and equipment when the departments are no longer in use. The 7.8% reduction means a $30,000 cost reduction for Oregon, and we also received a $31,000 rebate check for our efforts from the Energy Trust of Oregon. The success was due to involving everyone at the facility and working as a team.

Jeff Glenn
Purchasing Manager
Orchid Oregon