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101 S Webster St - OB/7
PO Box 7921
Madison WI 53707-7921
Fax 608-267-5231
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Clint Wendt
HSE Senior Manager
817 Main St
Brownsville WI 53006
920-924-4300 ext 2260
Michels Corporation [exit DNR]

Michels Corporation Functionally Equivalent to ISO 14001 Tier 1 participant since 11/2/2015

Michels Corporation is a utility contractor specializing in services such as pipeline construction, horizontal directional drilling, electrical transmission, road building and fiber optic network constructions. Michels Corporation began doing business in 1959 as a gas pipeline contractor constructing natural gas distribution systems for Wisconsin utilities. Michels Corporation has grown and diversified since 1959, now employing more than 7,500 people, owning over 12,000 pieces of equipment and operating out of 39 permanent facilities in North America. Michels is one of the largest, most diversified utility contractors in North America and the 38rd largest contractor in America.

Environmental activities

Recent Sustainability initiatives and achievements include:

  • expansion of the Michels Environmental Resource Group and the Sustainable Michels Program;
  • improvement of our single-stream recycling program;
  • additional LED lighting retrofit programs;
  • equipment/vehicle idling reduction program has reduced idle time across the fleet of 12,000 pieces of equipment, reducing carbon footprint and resource depletion;
  • construction of a new paint and blast facility where sand blasting material can be recycled thousands of times compared to 40 times in the old facility;
  • paint shop operations result in significant reductions in paint and solvent use;
  • conducted a study on the types of electronic waste and our methods for recycling these materials (The study results indicated that in the past three years, Michels recycled more than 30,000 pounds of varying electronics.); and
  • In 2017, two of Michels’ quarry operations were awarded the ANSI/NSC 373S Sustainable Certification to become Wisconsin’s first and the world’s fifth certified quarrier and fabricator of natural stone.

Michels has also identified the following areas of improvement and focus:

  • complete a third party energy analysis for the Brownsville complex to determine an energy use baseline by the end of 2019;
  • calculate the portion of older Tier 0, Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 3 engines replaced with Tier 4 or higher engine models and the associated emission offsets (A preliminary goal of 5 percent over 2 years is proposed.);
  • expand the single stream recycling program throughout the Brownsville office facilities to support our goal of reducing our percentage of waste that goes to landfills by 10 percent;
  • reduce our overall water consumption by 5 percent by 2020; and
  • replace 25 percent of our current lighting with LED alternatives by 2020.

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Last revised: Wednesday September 05 2018