DEEP: 1998 Business/Industry GreenCircle Award Recipients

GreenCircle Award Recipients
1998 Business/Industry Related

Name of Business

Category/Activity

Description of Activity

Edmunds Gages
Farmington, CT
Install 100% recycled process or cooling water system Company installed a 100% recyclable, no waste air, solid or liquid chrome plating system. System was designed specifically to eliminate chrome waste and increase efficiency while improving health and safety. Company eliminated an entire waste stream and has a zero discharge.
National Chromium Co., Inc.
Putnam, CT
Install 100% recycled process or cooling water system Starting early January 1997, a groundwater recovery well which was removing contaminated water from the ground and sending it to wastewater treatment was diverted to be used for cooling company chromium tanks. After the cooling tanks, water goes to wastewater treatment. This has eliminated 100% of the fresh water formerly used for cooling. Company has eliminated about 20 gallons per minute of fresh water use, a substantial reduction.
Milford Cleaning Village
Milford, CT
Install 100% recycled process or cooling water system Installed a water tower on the roof. Collected water is used for cooling purposes, stopping the waste of a precious commodity.
The Country Club of Farmington
Farmington, CT
Install 100% recycled process or cooling water system Facility completed a 100% rinse water recycling wash pad. It is used to wash down all facility maintenance equipment. Facility also has included a chemical mix-load center. It has an independent catch basin to protect against spills.
Northeast Electronics Corp.
Milford, CT
Install 100% recycled process or cooling water system Company installed a servel gas fired water chiller to replace city water. System is for the cooling of vacuum pumps on process vacuum furnaces.
Doncasters, NEAP Division
Farmington, CT
Install 100% recycled process or cooling water system Facility reduced discharge of non-contact cooling water from 85,000 gallons per day to zero gallons per day through the installation of two chillers.
H. Krevit & Co., Inc.
New Haven, CT
Install 100% recycled process or cooling water system Installed a cooling tower that is used to cool reaction in production. The water is reused in the production process.
Crown Powder Finishing, Inc.
Shelton, CT
Install 100% recycled process or cooling water system Constructed a new manufacturing facility with extensive skylighting and insulation. Purchased an electrostatic powder system incorporating a design with zero discharge, and a self contained pit to hold all spills.
Carpin Manufacturing, Inc.
Waterbury, CT
Install 100% recycled process or cooling water system Installed a very elaborate water recycling system in the facility that is used basically in the molding department. Water usage has been reduced substantially since the installation of this system.
Shelton Circuits, LLC
Shelton, CT
Install 100% recycled process or cooling water system Converted all processes to closed loop systems. Company is continually up-grading systems. Adopted non-toxic process changes. Eliminated the use of solvents.
Branson Ultrasonic Corporation
Danbury, CT
Install 100% recycled process or cooling water system and join DEP/EPA Climate Wise program Installed 100% recycled process in cleaning lab. A closed loop DI water system, with a 60 to 70 gallon reservoir, flows to cascade rinse tanks which flow to a storage tank and then an evaporator. Distillate is sent back to the storage DI tank and reused. There are no drains in the lab and this system is a closed loop system. A 55 gallon drum of waste is removed every three months.

Joined DEP/EPA Climate Wise program in 1997. Focused on waste minimization process. Reductions from 1400 pounds per month in 1994, to 400 pounds per month in 1998. Also implemented energy efficient lighting and temperature controls.

Microboard Processing, Inc.
Seymour, CT
Install 100% recycled process or cooling water system and adopt a park, stretch of highway, or beach for a period of 12 months Installed a closed loop recycling filtration system that filters out heavy metals, acid and other chemicals used in manufacturing. The filtration tanks are replaced about every 6 weeks, but the company reuses the filtration system water.

When the company moved to Silvermine Industrial Park in Seymour, they adopted the two long grades into the park. The facility is responsible for picking up the area once per month. With the town landfill on the other side, this can amount to a lot of trash.

Unilever HPC
Clinton, CT
Install 100% recycled process or cooling water system Chemical feed cooling system replaced with an ozone generator/diffuser and a side stream sand filter. This eliminated the need to purchase large quantities of toxic treatment chemicals to combat excessive biogrowth in the old cooling system. The new system resulted in improved water quality discharge of 300 gallons per week during sand filter backwashing. This eliminated 2000 gallons per day of blowdown (700,000 gallons annually). Increase heat exchange efficiency has reduced energy consumption by 40%. Use of ozone reduced manual heat exchange cleaning from twice a month to once every other year.
Water's Edge Resort & Country Club
Westbrook, CT
Install a 100% recycled process or cooling water system Substantial investment on installation of a water treatment and recycling plant by Zenon Municipal Systems.
The Conard Corporation
Glastonbury, CT
Install a 100% recycled process or cooling water system Installed a 100% recyclable water process chiller between 1996 and May 1998. The chiller circulates chilled water through a closed loop system to cool down chemical etching machines. Before installing the chiller, the company used 2500-3000 gallons of water per day. With the chiller, the discharge has been reduced to less than one gallon per year.
Electric Boat Corporation
Groton, CT
Install a 100% recycled process or cooling water system; participate in voluntary employee commute program; and improve public access to shore/ waterfront/private lands/streams through voluntary programs Electric Boat (E.B.) spent considerable capital dollars for the upgrade of process or cooling systems which has translated into a savings of more than 13,302,000 gallons of city water and 315,000,000 gallons of river water annually.

E.B. participates in a voluntary employee commute vanpool program. Approximately 800 employees participate (105 active vans transport 739 riders and 105 drivers) in the program. E.B. also encourages employees to carpool and those who carpool (65 total) are provided with select parking spaces.

In 1997, Electric Boat voluntarily donated a parcel of land located along the Poquonnock River to the Town of Groton. The town was able to extend its boardwalk along the river thereby improving public access to the waterfront area.

Charter Oak Partners, Ltd. (Westbrook Factory Stores)
Westbrook, CT
Install a 100% recycled process or cooling water system Project involves the Westbrook Factory Stores, which is a 260,000 square foot factory shopping mall. Facility wastewater is recycled at the site. By utilizing this unique recycling system, over 2,000,000 gallons of water per year are being conserved through recycling.
Pratt & Whitney TAPC
North Haven, CT
Install a 100% recycled process or cooling water system and sponsor a river or beach clean up day P&W, North Haven facility, previously discharged once-through non-contact cooling water into the Quinnipiac River at a rate of approximately 600,000 gallons per day. In 1997, TAPC initiated and completed the installation of furnace cooling packages with heat exchangers on 13 furnaces and 5 plasma spray coaters that used non-contact cooling waters. As a result of coolant water recycling, non-contact cooling water discharge to the river has been reduced to zero.

The Environmental Department and Facilities Department of P&W coordinated a river clean up for the area of the Quinnipiac River extending from Wallingford past the North Haven Plant. Participants used kayaks and canoes to remove debris from deeper sections of the river that could not be reached from the banks. Approximately 300 cubic yards of debris were removed. A second clean up is being planned when the river levels are lower.

American Ref-Fuel Co. of SE CT
Preston, CT
Install a 100% recycled process or cooling water system Considered alternatives to discharging stormwater into the Thames River. The Ref-Fuel site was designed with a central detention basin to collect stormwater from the majority of the site. Prior to the reuse project, all stormwater was discharged from the detention basin to the river. After a successful trial run, a permanent connection from the detention basin back to the facility was completed in 1997. Ref-Fuel now uses collected stormwater at the facility in various process water systems. Since the implementation of this project, there has been no stormwater discharged into the river.
The Lee Company
Westbrook, CT
Install a 100% recycled process or cooling water system Installed a recirculating process cooling system to cool laser cutting/drill machines, vacuum furnace, sintering heat treat furnace, and hydraulic test stand heat exchanger in newly formed Screens Group in building No. 2. The system uses a 30 ton compressor/chiller with an air cooled heat exchanger. Installation was completed in February 1998.
Vitramon, Inc.
Bridgeport, CT
Install a 100% recycled process or cooling water system Purchased and installed a refrigeration chiller system to cool and recirculate the non-contact cooling water, effective June 1, 1997. This project has resulted in a significant reduction in the plant's water consumption and has eliminated the routine non-contact cooling water discharge.
Bradley International Airport
Windsor Locks, CT
Install 100% recycled process or cooling water system Implemented on-site stormwater processing to remove airport glycols. Airport glycols are recycled back into the industry market. The increased collection and processing is to abate the contamination of area streams by contaminants in airport stormwater.
Worldwide Clairol
Stamford, CT
Join DEP/EPA Climate Wise program and certify to ISO 14001 Joined Climate Wise in 1997.

Company is certified to ISO 14001.

Trumpf Inc.
Farmington, CT
Join DEP/EPA Climate Wise program Joined Climate Wise in 1997.
Frito-Lay, Inc.
Dayville, CT
Join DEP/EPA Climate Wise program Executed the partnership agreement in June 1998.
Chandler Evans Control Systems Division
West Hartford, CT
Join DEP/EPA Climate Wise program Chandler Evans entered into the partnership agreement in June 1998.
Hamilton Standard
Windsor Locks, CT
Certify to ISO 14001 Received certification on March 26, 1998, File Number A6034.
Cooper Instrument Corp.
Middlefield, CT
Retire air emission reduction credits Retired in-house vapor degreasing operation which used methylene chloride as a solvent. Annual usage of solvent was approximately 18,000 lbs. Solvent degreasing operation has been replaced by an aqueous process. Currently using a service for this process and are pursuing in-house equipment.
New England Plasma Development Corp.
Putnam, CT
Create or purchase & retire air emission reduction credits Installed DEP approved Tow Dust Collectors in conjunction with new facility.
Doncasters, Inc.
Ivoryton, CT
Improve public access to shore/ waterfront/private lands/streams Opened 81 acres in Westbrook and Essex to bow, muzzle-loading and rifle hunting through a controlled issuance of permits.
Saybrook Point Inn, Marina & Spa
Old Saybrook, CT
Improve public access to shore/ waterfront/private lands/streams Business enhanced and preserved the Saybrook Point waterfront area by creating walkways along the water that can be accessed by the general public. The walkways also serve to preserve and stabilize the water's edge and shore areas.
Empire Industries, Inc.
Manchester, CT
Improve public access to shore/ waterfront/private lands/streams Empire granted a permanent easement to the Town of Manchester across the rear of its property to link a hiking trail from Verplanck Elementary School and the Laurel Marsh trail. The Hockanum River Linear Park Committee, and added efforts by the Boy Scouts, completed the trail with needed steps and a small boardwalk on the Empire section of the trail. A side trail leads to the Empire property to allow for easy employee access for hiking or jogging.
Gerber Technology, Inc.
Tolland, CT
Implement habitat enhancements for fish and wildlife on private property Constructed approximately 260 feet of Mesa Retaining Wall to protect and preserve a wetland area on the site. The retaining wall acts as a buffer and erosion control measure between the wetlands and a new facility parking area.
Pitney Bowes
Stamford, CT
Sponsor a river/beach clean up Company sponsored a beach clean up of Kosciuszko Park in Stamford. Approximately 100 people participated, including company employees, local citizen groups, and youth groups.
United Illuminating
New Haven, CT
Donate time and resources to assist with environmental enhancement projects sponsored by conservation organizations or youth groups UI's Earth Partner Grant Program awards up to $1,000 to local, non-profit community organizations and nature centers for practical, realistic ways to improve the local environment through projects that target wetlands, wildlife, recycling, refuse, parks, or pollution. The 1998 awards were distributed on June 5, 1998. The annual amount of grant money available is approximately $10,000.
Schooner, Inc.
New Haven, CT
Sponsor a river or beach clean up day and voluntarily contribute significant time and/or resources to environmental instructional programs Schooner, Inc. hosts the New Haven area International Cleanup Day held every fall. The event is coordinated by the Center for Marine Conservation. Debris is collected and tallied so sources of marine debris can be targeted for education or pollution prevention campaigns.

Staff have volunteered time at science fairs and career fairs, serving as mentors for young people. Staff and Board members volunteer at local fairs and festivals, bringing hands-on marine and environmental education to people of all ages in the greater New Haven area.

Bayer Corporation Pharmaceutical Division
West Haven, CT
Implement habitat enhancements for fish and wildlife on private property Activities in the Oyster River Nature Area. The Bayer Corporation, through the volunteer efforts of management and employees, has cleaned up, developed and provided access to a five acre parcel of land on its property in West Haven. Through ongoing community outreach programs such as "Bring Your Child To Work Day" and "Making Science Make Sense", Bayer has opened the Oyster River Nature Area for visits and tours in order to educate children about nature.
BHC Company
Easton, CT
Donate time and resources to assist with environmental enhancement projects sponsored by conservation organizations or youth groups and voluntarily contribute significant time and/or resources to environmental instructional programs BHC is involved with the Bridgeport Adopt-a-School Program where corporations adopt a school and provide support. BHC adopted the Barnum Elementary School and the Bridgeport Regional Aquaculture Center. It has supported the development of "Project Search" curriculum. BHC has strongly supported, sponsored, and participated in numerous Earth Day events.

BHC has opened portions of its land for public hiking in the Saugatuck Valley Trails System. Some 1800 acres of land have been opened to controlled public deer hunting. Four reservoirs have been opened for public fishing. Currently BHC is undertaking the development of a nature trail for the physically challenged, subject to local approvals.

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Content Last Updated on December 19, 2006