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Case Study — Encouraging Environmental Excellence (E3) Gold Award Winner — Enginetics

Enginetics is a manufacturer in Huber Heights, Ohio that serves the aerospace industry. Their metal forming operations include: manual and computerized numerical control (CNC) machining; lasers; presses; and other related equipment. In 2013, Enginetics received an E3 Bronze award from Ohio EPA and joined the Agency’s E3 Gold Level program in 2016.

Environmental stewardship activities at Enginetics include:

  • Achieving ISO 14001 environmental management system standard certification.
  • Reviewing all chemicals used prior to purchasing to identify the potential impact to the environment.
  • Purchasing green products, (toilet paper, paper towels), using green cleaners and services that comply with ISO 14001.
  • Replacing some aerosol products with liquids that can be applied with alternative methods, and evaluating the puncturing/recycling process for aerosol cans.
  • Adopting a lean manufacturing program, Theory of Constraints (TOC) in 2012, which studies the production flow and helps reduce bottle-necks to improve efficiency. Using TOC, they reduced the manufacturing time of four specific operations from an average of 55 to 35 days.
  • Conducting weekly and monthly audits of each department, by the Environmental, Health and Safety team. Through the audits, continuous improvements in each area are promoted and evaluated. Audit results are posted for the entire shop.
  • Employees submit suggestions that are evaluated by engineering, operations, quality and/or safety. More than a hundred suggestions are submitted annually. Employees that submit successful suggestions are rewarded during monthly company meetings. Rewards can go up to $500 with the amount being based on the cost reduction and/or time savings achieved by the suggestion.
  • Reducing the amount of product in storage from $300,000 to less than $175,000.
  • Recycling more than 148,000 lbs. of processed material, saving more than $169,000 in disposal costs since 2011.
  • Reducing the amount of waste sent to landfills from 29.81 tons to 15.26 tons since 2011.
  • Recycling 23.51 tons of wood since 2012, recycling plastics, paper and cardboard, and monitoring the use of electricity annually.

“Ohio’s people and businesses have long been leaders in the aerospace industry and Enginetics continues that tradition. However, they also are leaders in manufacturing with an eye on efficiency and environmental protection, particularly in the use of industrial chemicals. We are proud to present Enginetics our highest recognition for environmental stewardship.” – Ohio EPA Director, Craig W. Butler

The E3 program provides three recognition levels: Achievement, Silver and Gold. The Gold Level recognizes organizations that are in environmental compliance, have completed environmental stewardship activities, and are committed to pursuing long-term environmental improvement projects. Any organization in Ohio may apply for membership. Applications are accepted annually and include both written and on-site evaluations.

Interested in applying for recognition for your organization under the E3 Program? If so, please visit epa.ohio.gov/ocapp/ohioe3.aspx or call (800) 329-7518. We would be glad to help guide you through the process and get your organization the recognition it deserves.