Parsippany, NJ — CYRO Industries, a wholly owned subsidiary of Degussa, has been recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for environmental excellence and sustainability. The EPA granted the company’s acrylic manufacturing facility in Osceola, AR renewing member status to its National Environmental Performance Track, which is considered the “gold standard” for facility-based environmental performance. This program recognizes U.S. manufacturing plants that lead the industry on critical sustainability issues such as minimizing material waste, energy use, greenhouse gas emissions and water consumption. Membership renewal was granted to CYRO’s Osceola plant, which features an ISO-certified Environmental Management System, after it met annual performance goals and committed to implement four new strategies for continued environmentally-beneficial operations over the next three years.
“Sustainability is a core philosophy at CYRO Industries,” says Ed Smith, Environmental, Health & Safety Manager at CYRO’s Osceola facility. “At our Osceola plant, we strive to do business in a way that is beneficial to our community, our environment and society at large. We are honored to be a part of the EPA’s Performance Track.”
With over 400 member companies, the EPA’s program aims to promote sustained compliance with current environmental regulations and encourage continuous improvement in the manufacturing industry. Membership is granted to companies with high-quality environmental management systems that are dedicated to community outreach and that consistently meet and exceed legal requirements. Once accepted, members remain in the program for three years, provided they continue to satisfy program criteria. To extend membership beyond the initial three-year time period, each facility must undergo EPA assessments and submit four new projects they can implement to positively affect their communities and the environment.
CYRO’s Osceola facility, first accepted into the program in 2003, pledged the following commitments for the 2006-2009 period: 1. reducing chemical waste by recycling materials during processing; 2. participating in a reclamation program to reduce non-hazardous waste; 3. re-designing pallets to decrease the use of packaging materials; and 4. using alternative sheet-cutting equipment to lower the amount of acrylic sawdust byproduct. These initiatives were accepted by the EPA, resulting in CYRO’s continued acceptance in the program.
“CYRO’s Osceola plant will continue to support the goals of the EPA, and innovate and implement new measures to maximize our environmental performance,” says Smith.
For more information about the environmental policy at CYRO Industries, visit www.cyro.com/NewCYRO/certifications.html or contact: CYRO Industries, 379 Interpace Parkway, Parsippany, NJ 07054, USA; Tel: 800-631-5384; Fax: 973-541-8445; www.cyro.com.
About CYRO Industries
CYRO Industries is a wholly owned subsidiary of Degussa. Headquartered in Parsippany, NJ, CYRO is North America’s largest acrylic sheet manufacturer and a leading producer of acrylic polymer products and MMA. As the innovative suppliers of specialty acrylic solutions to existing and emerging markets, CYRO and Degussa offer broad technological and global resources to respond to market demands.
Degussa: Creating EssentialsTM
Degussa is the global market leader in specialty chemicals. Our business is creating essentials: innovative products and system solutions that make indispensable contributions to our customers’ success. In fiscal 2005, our 44,000 employees worldwide generated sales of $13.9 billion and operating profits (EBIT) of $1.1 billion.
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