Super Sagless Hardware – Tupelo, MS
Super Sagless has met the demands of business through expansion and reduction of manufacturing facilities and streamlining production processes. The facility’s current production and office space is 259,694 heated square feet. Present production includes hardware for recliners, rockers, and gliding chairs, and tubular products, powder coating, and rails.
Super Sagless became an Eco Initiative-registered branch in July 2011. In recognition of their environmental sustainability efforts, Super Sagless was awarded the Mississippi enHance Leadership Award in 2012.
Some of the facility’s notable projects include a reduction of landfill waste by implementing a returnable, reusable pallet program and reducing energy consumption by conducting an air compressor study and repairing leaks. The goals for 2014 were as follows:
Achieve a 15% increase in the amount of pallets and scrap lumber waste recycled by 2014, using 2013 as a baseline.
- Implement returnable, reusable pallet programs, where feasible.
- Collect pallets and scrap lumber for recycle.
- Contract with local pallet supplier for reprocess.
Achieve a 15% increase in the amount of plastic waste recycled by 2014, using 2013 as a baseline.
- Collect plastics for recycle.
- Contract with local plastics recycle company for recycling.
Reduce energy use (measured by kilowatt-hours/manufacturing index) 10% by year-end 2014, using 2013 baseline.
- Energy saved through repairing 68 air compressor leaks.
The facility set the following goals and objectives for 2015:
Energy Use Reduction
Compressed air reduction
Reduce energy costs by reducing the amount of air being consumed by the air compressors (measure by HP/KW conversion factor (P(KW)=746*HP)).
- Ensure top management commitment.
- Implementation Plan has been developed.
- Dedicated team has been formed.
- Currently on track to accomplish goal for 2015.
- Reduce energy costs by reducing the amount of air being consumed by the air compressors (measure by HP/KW conversion factor (P(KW)=746*HP)).
- Reduce energy use measured by kilowatt-hours/ manufacturing index.
Reduce electricity by 10% by year-end 2015 relative to 2014 as baseline.
- Motion sensors installed in hallways and restrooms.
LED lighting installed in restrooms and some offices.
- One section of offices is being retrofitted at a time.
- Goal is still in progress.
- Compressed air reduction
Achieve an additional 15% reduction in landfill waste by year-end 2015 relative to 2014 as baseline.
- Implement returnable, reusable pallet programs where feasible.
- Collect pallets and scrap lumber for recycling.
- Contract with local pallet supplier, APC Forest Products, for reprocess.
- On track to meet goal for 2015.
- Achieve an additional 15% reduction in landfill waste by year-end 2015 relative to 2014 as baseline.
Employees have a very good familiarity of current projects and goals. All new-hires go through an EFEC training video and all employees are given small cards with the EFEC acronym and environmental policy to keep with their badge. Boards are posted in the facility with information for employees relating to the program, as well as EFEC banners, signs, and policies posted in several places throughout the facility. The facility provides EFEC program training to employees during Toolbox Talks at least three times a year.
Super Sagless received a certificate of environmental achievement from Safety-Kleen for avoiding five metric tons of Greenhouse Gas Emissions through their closed-loop recycling program for used oil and solvents in the first three quarters of 2015. Additionally, the facility renewed its membership in the MDEQ enHance Stewardship Program and is now a “Leader.” The facility’s EFEC program champion, Robert Keltz, continues to serve on the Steering Committee for enHance, a voluntary initiative to recognize environmental leaders in Mississippi. Through this relationship, the facility has been able to exchange ideas and information with other major manufacturers in the state. Robert also works closely with the city council of Tupelo on recycling initiatives.
Community involvement at Super Sagless was evident this past year; the facility had eleven participants for a Habitat for Humanity grounds cleanup for a future building site in August 2015. The facility also donated eco-friendly paint for the house being built.