Irvine, CA — The Toyota Industrial Equipment Mfg., Inc. (TIEM) plant in Columbus, IN, received the Indiana Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence for Five Years of Continuous Improvement. This is the third time TIEM has been given this award for implementing exemplary environmental projects with measurable results.
“By seeking out and utilizing innovative environment practices, TIEM has reduced waste, saved money and contributed greatly to Indiana’s environmental protection efforts, benefiting the health and welfare of the state’s communities.” says Indiana Department of Environmental Management Commissioner Thomas Easterly.
TIEM’s Environmental Management Program has made significant improvements in plant operations. Some of the environmentally friendly changes that have been made include: reformulating paints and using solvents; improving transfer efficiencies; improving maintenance of and annually calibrating water flow monitors on high water usage equipment; and reducing and more closely monitoring watering of lawns. Specific results TIEM has achieved over the past five years include:
- Volatile Organic Compounds emissions reduced by 55.5 percent and HAP emissions reduced by 34.5%.
- Non-hazardous waste reduced by 62%.
- Hazardous waste reduced by 21.6%.
- Water usage reduced by 24% or 2.156 million gallons.