Manufacturing produces waste materials, but waste, like beauty, is in the ye of the beholder. We have streamlined our manufacturing facilities and operation many times over the years to try to reach a zero-waste goal. We reuse water by filtering it. This saves millions of gallons of fresh water per year. We also can now recycle cuttings from products back into the raw materials that make our products. Before, the cuttings were just hauled away. A professional environmental consultancy company helps us in an ongoing fashion to make our entire operation more friendly to the environment and more sustainable.
We even burn things for the heat we need in production that were once thrown into landfills. It is mixed in with the fuel that fires our smelting furnaces, and even its gases from burning are just converted into byproducts that do not contribute to pollution or global warming. Our customers are not yet predominantly concerned with eco-friendliness, but there are more and more each day. We took the initiative on our own as we live on this planet too. I grew up seeing abandoned factories where the land surrounding them is filled with toxic waste, and the places look like something out of a post-apocalyptic movie. We do not want that kind of legacy for the products we produce.
My favorite thing is going out into the park area we have on the grounds where a freshwater reservoir is filled with fish, ducks and geese. The water is used in processing here, and it is pumped back into the reservoir clean enough to support aquatic life. Then it is reused as needed and filtered again. The reservoir is a testament to our commitment to being friendly to the world we live on. We do not exploit the environment just for the sake of profits.