Laser welder Shiloh Industries' 11th facility reaches landfill-free status

Laser welding solutions supplier Shiloh Industries (Valley City, OH) has reported that its 11th manufacturing facility achieved landfill-free status. Utilizing recyclable raw materials and identifying alternative solutions for the waste produced has kept 220 million pounds of waste material out of landfills in the first 10 months of the 2015 fiscal year.

In an ongoing commitment to waste reduction throughout its manufacturing operations, the company has achieved landfill-free status in all European and Mexican facilities. In addition, five plants in the US have also reached this milestone. The remaining facilities are at an average 97.4% landfill-free and are working towards completion of this goal.

The nature of the company's lightweighting products and processes eliminate carbon emissions and waste throughout the supply chain. Its laser welding technology reduces the amount of aluminum or steel needed to produce a vehicle. The impact of reducing on-vehicle weight can improve fuel economy for internal combustion engine vehicles or extend the battery life on electric vehicles, all while reducing CO2 emissions. This technology also reduces the gross tonnage of material required in the entire manufacturing value stream, which lowers energy consumption and produces less greenhouse gasses.

Since deployment of the landfill-free initiative, the company has taken various steps to engage employees, including suggestion programs, to encourage waste reduction and landfill-free ideas. Its facilities are certified to ISO 14001, which guides the organization to having an effective environmental management system.

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