By: E&P Staff
Goss International’s efforts to reduce its two U.S. manufacturing sites’ environmental impact were recognized by state and national programs in September.
Citing cuts in chemical, water and energy use, the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services recognized the company’s Durham facility as one of four runners-up for the annual Governor’s Pollution Prevention Award. Goss International has close to 1,000 employees at the Durham site, which manufactures web offset printing presses and finishing systems.
Meanwhile, a 150-employee facility in Kennedale, Texas, which makes frames, cylinders and other press components became a 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,” Goss International U.S. Operations Vice President Chris Sieracki said in a statement. “At the same time, we are delivering innovative technologies that allow our customers to do the same at their sites.”
Goss projects highlighted in New Hampshire’s award-selection process included reduction in hazardous chemicals used to wash and prepare parts, resulting in a 50% reduction in phosphates discharged to wastewater treatment plants. The Durham facility also consumed 300,000 fewer gallons of water annually and retrofitted lighting systems to save more than a million kilowatt-hours of energy per year.
To be recognized for the EPA Performance Track Program, the Texas facility demonstrated environmental compliance, three-year goals for continuous improvement beyond legal requirements, internal systems to manage environmental impacts, and engagement in community outreach.