Contact(s): Roberta Walls, DNR, 608-785-9272; Amanda VanLanen, Precision Machine Inc., 920-487-5950
ALGOMA -- Precision Machine Inc., a leader in value added machining, is celebrating four years in Wisconsin's innovative Green Tier program.
Precision Machine is participating in Tier 1 of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Green Tier program, which is designed to encourage new goal setting and innovation. "Precision Machine should be proud of its environmental leadership and its benefits to the community," said DNR Northeast Secretary's Director Jean Romback-Bartels. As part of the celebration, Bartels toured the company and met with their management and environmental committee.
Green Tier encourages businesses and other organizations to voluntarily collaborate with DNR to move beyond compliance with regulations and to achieve superior environmental performance. To participate, an applicant must have a good environmental compliance record, commit to improving their environmental performance and implement an Environmental Management System.
EMS is a system companies use to implement their environmental policy and goals and also to evaluate their progress. Precision Machine's environmental policy commits the company to consciously make life, social and business related decisions that better the planet. This has led Precision Machine to set goals that help them understand aspects that are under their control.
"We not only wanted to do what was right for our customers, but we wanted to improve our community and the lives of our people," said Jamie Spitzer, President of Precision Machine. "Joining Green Tier has been a step in the right direction as it is helping us achieve our vision."
Spitzer said Precision Machine employees participated in a tree-planting project to help offset their carbon foot print. By planting 2,100 trees, the employees were able to triple the offset to the carbon footprint created by the production of their office paper.
Four years into the program, Precision Machine is finding continued value in using an EMS. Precision Machine identified several projects that would help lessen its impacts. By measuring results, the company is determining what efforts are making a difference and which aspects need tweaking.
Precision Machine's future plans include continuing to reduce energy and water consumption, as well as encouraging suppliers to take part in Green Tier and to help make the company more aware of impacts to the environment. Other initiatives include determining Precision Machine's carbon footprint and looking for ways to offset it, integrating all management systems, and evaluating the number of gallons of gasoline consumed company-wide.
In exchange for a commitment to superior environmental performance, DNR grants benefits to Tier 1 participants, including public recognition of participation, a single point of contact at DNR and the use of the Green Tier logo in marketing materials.