Vermont Business Magazine Vermont-based Mack Molding is more than just a leading custom plastics molder and supplier of contract manufacturing services, it is an environmental steward with a keen focus on energy conservation, waste reduction, land preservation and management, and environmental education and awareness.
Since January 2017, in partnership with Efficiency Vermont, the Company has instituted a number of changes at all three of its Vermont facilities that have resulted in annual energy savings of more than $115,000. This represents more than 1 million kWh of annual electricity savings and includes rightsizing of a transformer, new interior and exterior LED lighting, boiler and compressor upgrades, putting ceramic heater bands on molding presses and installing night setbacks in its Headquarters building.
“We are always looking for ways to make operational improvements while reducing costs,” said President Jeff Somple. “These projects, however, offer a unique opportunity to not only do what is right for Mack, but what is right for our Vermont Community. Coupled with initiatives to reduce our carbon footprint through resource conservation, recycling, waste reduction and environmentally friendly purchasing practices, we’re helping to ensure Vermont continues to be a great place to work, live and play well into the future.”
In addition to projects focused on energy conservation, the Company also recently further improved its use of green cleaning supplies by switching from single use bottles to bulk concentrates and reusable bottles that will help reduce costs and the amount of plastic bottles used. Speaking of bottles, Mack has also installed new water fountains with automatic bottle fillers and has already kept more than 85,000 water bottles out of the waste stream. Additionally, the Company is now recycling the more than 1 million zip ties it uses each year, reducing nylon waste by more than 2,000 pounds annually. Other recent projects included building and installing bat boxes at Mack’s Headquarters to help combat white nose disease and helping to mitigate recent ice-jam related flooding on the Black River near its Cavendish Plant.
Improvements also have been made to the community garden at the Company’s Headquarters. Employees can take advantage of the more than 20 raised garden beds, captured rain water and gardening tools to grow everything from strawberries to corn. Mack also is an Environmental Leader in Vermont’s Green Business Program, a voluntary program that provides resources to Vermont business on how to go above and beyond compliance with existing environmental regulations, using pollution prevention strategies and implementation of best management practices.
About Efficiency Vermont
Efficiency Vermont partners with commercial customers throughout the state to help them move their businesses forward by working to identify savings opportunities, recommending efficient technologies, and providing incentives and financing tools to reduce energy costs. It was created by the Vermont Legislature and is regulated by the Vermont Public Utility Commission to help all Vermonters reduce energy costs, strengthen the economy, and protect Vermont's environment. For more information, contact Efficiency Vermont at 888-921-5990 or visit www.efficiencyvermont.com.
About Mack Molding
Mack Molding is a leading custom plastics molder and supplier of contract manufacturing services. Mack specializes in plastics design, prototyping, molding, sheet metal fabrication, full-service machining and medical device manufacturing. Founded in 1920, Mack is a privately owned business that operates 11 facilities throughout the world. Don Kendall is CEO and chairman. For more information, go to www.mack.com.