NEW BREMEN, Ohio – Crown Equipment Corporation, one of the world’s largest material handling companies, added another location to its growing roster of zero landfill status facilities. The company’s manufacturing facility in Troy, Ohio, earned the status as a result of employee efforts at the location.
As part of Crown’s sustainability commitment, a team of employees began evaluating the facility’s operations for waste reduction opportunities in 2017. Employees identified methods for recycling or reusing waste when possible, including coolants and used oils, aerosol cans, paint waste, disposable towels, cardboard and wood pallets. Any remaining waste not reused or recycled is sent to a waste-to-energy facility. In total, Crown expects to divert more than 6,000 pounds of the facility’s waste from landfills each year.
“Two of the biggest reasons for Crown’s continued sustainability successes are the motivation and commitment of our employees to keep it on the top of their minds in everything they do. Collectively, their actions develop into smart business practices that promote a clean environment and enrich our employee and customer experience,” said Tonja Rammel, environmental health and safety manager, Crown Equipment. “An important factor of the Troy facility achievement was our manufacturing neighbors and recycling partners, who have worked closely with us to help us reach our goal. With this achievement, we will now embark on achieving ISO 14001 certification.”
Other Crown locations to achieve this status include manufacturing facilities in Minster, New Knoxville and New Bremen, Ohio, as well as Crown Lift Trucks sales and service locations in Dayton, Ohio, and Lexington, Kentucky.
Crown’s commitment to environmental sustainability is interwoven throughout its operations. Industry and government organizations have cited Crown for its excellence in sustainability via numerous awards and recognition. For instance, three Crown facilities have earned gold-level Encouraging Environmental Excellence (E3) Awards from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In 2014, Crown’s New Knoxville plant became the first facility in Ohio to earn the gold-level award. The following year, the company’s electronics assembly plant in New Bremen secured the same honor. And, Crown’s Minster manufacturing facility earned the honor in 2017.