Garlock Sealing Technologies Wins 2010 Environmental Excellence Award
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
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
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…