DTNA recognized for sustainable manufacturing practices

Lucas Deal

December 19, 2013

DaimlerThe North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (NCDENR) recognize the Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) plant in Cleveland, N.C. as an Environmental Steward.

DTNA says the award recognizes the company’s superior environmental performance, commitment to continued reduction of its environmental impact, and demonstrated commitment to exceed compliance. The facility joins only 16 other commercial facilities in the state to have achieved this recognition.

“Daimler Trucks North America demonstrates what it means to be a successful business with a strong environmental ethic,” says John Skvarla, secretary of the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources. “By achieving significant reductions in waste generation and energy usage, the North Carolina facility has shown that the demands of a growing business can go hand-in-hand with environmental protection.”

Using the company’s continuous improvement program, DTNA employee teams located at the plant identified the best options for reducing waste and recycling each material, whether reusing cartons for shipping, reclaiming solvent, working with supplier partners to reduce packaging, or turning waste into energy, the company says.

“This achievement required a commitment by each and every one of the employees here,” says Freightliner Environmental Engineer Heather Callahan. “Everything received or produced by the company is used, reused, recycled, or sold, and nothing is sent to a landfill. Today, the facility joins an elite group of landfill-free manufacturing facilities in the United States and is one of five DTNA facilities to do so.”

This latest achievement is one of many initiatives through which DTNA is demonstrating its commitment to sustainability, the company says. With sustainability as one of the company’s business priorities, its mission is to conserve resources, reduce all types of emissions, and promote economic growth while ensuring safe, efficient transportation options.

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