Wisconsin agricultural manufacturer sets environmental goals

Climate change has taken center stage in many discussions around the world, with many shifting gears in an effort to reduce our carbon footprint. A Wisconsin manufacturing company sets environmental goals to help several industries become more efficient. There are simple ways for businesses to go green, but what about the manufacturing industry, where livelihoods depend on longevity? “Our goal is to make these products last longer, allowing these operators to go further,” said Kondex Corp. President Keith Johnson. “Our impact on the land demonstrates our commitment to ensuring that farmers can keep farming.” Their biggest product is cutting parts used to harvest crops. “Our goal is to leave this place better than we found it,” Johnson said. To do this, Kondex has its own environmental team to keep things under control. “Our goal is to have at least three meaningful improvement opportunities each year,” said Rick Pribnow, Kondex’s quality assurance manager. The Kondex facility sets environmental goals for every part of their processing, demonstrating not only that they can produce a product for their buyers, but a product that can be made using the energy already there. “We have cooling systems to cool our processes, and they are closed-loop to minimize the production of heat-related products as much as possible,” Pribnow said. The company has added more machines to its lineup and, through its conservation efforts, has not seen an exponential increase in energy consumption.While the cost of helping the environment starts at a higher price initially, the benefits and savings down the road can make a big impact later. All of these will showcase environmental best practices and efficiency. “We monitor our impact and we keep improving,” Johnson said. Kondex said its green initiatives have Generated over $50,000 in savings each year through energy, waste reduction and recycling.Over the past 11 years, this has amounted to nearly $600,000.

Climate change has taken center stage in many discussions around the world, with many shifting gears in an effort to reduce our carbon footprint.

A Wisconsin manufacturing company sets environmental goals to help several industries become more efficient.

There are simple ways for businesses to go green, but what about manufacturing, where livelihoods depend on longevity?

“Our goal is to make these products last longer, allowing these operators to go further,” said Kondex Corp. President Keith Johnson. “Our impact on the land demonstrates our commitment to ensuring that farmers can keep farming.”

Their most important product is cut pieces used to harvest crops.

“Our goal is to leave this place better than we found it,” Johnson said.

To do this, Kondex has its own environmental team to keep things under control.

“Our goal is to have at least three meaningful improvement opportunities each year,” said Rick Pribnow, Kondex’s quality assurance manager.

The Kondex facility sets environmental goals for every part of their processing, demonstrating not only that they can produce a product for their buyers, but a product that can be made using the energy already there.

“We have cooling systems to cool our processes, and they are closed-loop to minimize the production of heat-related outputs as much as possible,” Pribnow said.

The company has added more machines to its lineup and, thanks to its cost-saving efforts, has not seen an exponential increase in energy consumption.

While the cost of helping the environment starts at a higher price upfront, the benefits and savings along the way can have a big impact later.

Kondex holds itself to one of the highest standards by participating in audits and partnering with environmental agencies.

Over the next three years, Kondex is working on building expansion, new processes and equipment, and targeting three continuous improvement projects. All of these will feature best environmental practices and efficiency.

“We are monitoring our impact and we continue to improve,” Johnson said.

Kondex said its green initiatives have generated more than $50,000 in savings each year through energy, waste reduction and recycling.

Over the past 11 years, this has amounted to nearly $600,000.

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