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Goss Intl. sites earn environmental recognition

Nov 12, 2008 12:00 AM

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Goss Intl.’s (Bolingbrook, IL) successful efforts to reduce the environmental impact of its two manufacturing sites in the United States have received recognition from state and national programs.

Citing cuts in chemical, water and energy use, the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services recognized the company’s facility in that state as one of four runners up for the annual Governor’s Pollution Prevention Award. Goss has close to 1,000 employees at the Durham, NH, site, where the company manufactures web offset presses and finishing systems.

Meanwhile, a 150-employee facility in Kennedale, TX, where Goss manufactures frames, cylinders and other components for its presses, became a new member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Environmental Performance Track program.

“This recent recognition reflects an ongoing commitment to reducing waste, reducing energy use and minimizing the overall environmental impact of our manufacturing operations,” explains Chris Sieracki, vice president of operations for Goss Intl. in the United States. “At the same time, we are delivering innovative technologies that allow our customers to do the same at their sites.”

Goss projects highlighted in the New Hampshire Pollution Prevention Award selection process included a reduction in hazardous chemicals used to wash and prepare parts, resulting in a 50 percent reduction in phosphates discharged to wastewater treatment plants. Goss also reduced water usage by over 300,000 gallons annually at its Durham facility and retrofitted lighting systems to save more than a million kwh of energy per year.

To be recognized for the EPA Performance Track Program, the Goss International facility in Texas demonstrated environmental compliance, three-year goals for continuous improvement beyond legal requirements, internal systems to manage environmental impacts, and engagement in community outreach.