Cabot Corp. has been named a
2011 sustainability award winner 2011 by
the Illinois governors office for outstanding performance
at its Tuscola, Ill., fumed metal oxides facility.
Cabot Tuscola earned the
recognition for significant accomplishments in recycling,
reduced water and electricity usage, and packaging efficiency,
the company said.
Were extremely proud
and honored to receive this recognition. Sustainability is core to our
business strategy and it is very important to the team here at
the Tuscola facility, said Carl Troike, Cabots
Tuscola facility general manager.
Our employees have
developed these great ideas on how to save energy, reduce waste
and protect the environment, and our leadership team
committed the investment of time and resources to achieve these
A few key projects that have been implemented
recently include the following:
- A new recycling program for
waste packaging materials such as paper bags, plastic film
and cardboard along with office wastes including paper,
magazines, aluminum and plastic containers resulting in 76
tons of material being recycled rather than landfilled to
date and savings of approximately $28,000 for otherwise
disposing of the material.
- Upgrade of two once-through
plant scrubbing systems into one recirculating system that is
saving an average of 18.5 gallons per minute, amounting to
more than 9,700,000 gallons per year, of water through a
combination of reduced water usage and recycling of used
water back into the process.
- A packaging efficiency project resulting in elimination
of more than 51,000 cardboard pallets and 78,000 pounds of
shrink wrap from the packaging process and savings in excess
of $762,000 to date.
- Replacement of inefficient
lighting and installation of energy saving motion sensors
through Amerens Act On Energy program for key areas of
the plant, including the warehouse, parts stores and maintenance buildings resulting in
a reduction of electric usage by 840,000 kWh annually, which
is enough to power 17 homes.
Cabot continues to make
important investments in reducing our overall environmental footprint, and the
Tuscola efforts represent a great example of the progress we
are making, said Martin ONeill, Cabots vice
president for safety, health and environment. We sincerely
appreciate the recognition for our efforts from the state of
These awards help to
reinforce that we are on the right track in making important
investments in sustainability, he added.
The external recognition from the government is a
testament to the positive relationship that Cabot has with the
communities in which we operate.
Cabot Tuscola produces fumed
metal oxides for a wide range of end-use applications for the
automotive, construction, microelectronics and
consumer products industries.
The plant employs 168