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Garlock Sealing Technologies Wins 2010 Environmental Excellence Award

Tuesday, November 23, 2010  
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The seventh annual New York State Environmental Excellence Awards ceremony took place this week in Cooperstown as part of the NYS Association of Reduction, Reuse and Recycling's (NYSAR3) Annual Conference.

The award winning projects are an example of how innovation combined with commitment and leadership can result in actions that improve and protect New York's environment and have positive impacts on the economy.

Garlock Sealing Technologies of Palmyra voluntarily eliminated 100 percent of toluene in its manufacturing of fiber sheet gaskets. By demonstrating the use of a non-traditional solvent to produce a viable product, Garlock Sealing Technologies provided the industry with a new benchmark for environmentally responsible manufacturing practices. The new gasket was made at a comparable price and was shown to seal even better than its solvent-containing predecessors. This has further benefits to the environment since tighter seals mean less fugitive emissions and has resulted in a healthier work environment for its employees.

Other highlights of this innovative pollution prevention project include a reduction of fire risk and the ability to recover and recycle over 95 percent of the non-hazardous solvent. More…

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