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Hoffer Plastics receives Illinois Governor's Sustainability Award

Hoffer Plastics Corp. (South Elgin, IL), a third-generation, family-owned plastics injection molding company, has won the 2015 Illinois Governor's Sustainability Award. The announcement was made on Oct. 27 at an awards ceremony and technical symposium held at the Sheraton Hotel and Towers, in Chicago. Hoffer Plastics was chosen over hundreds of corporate entrants representing a wide range of industries, scale and operational scope. Other 2015 award winners included companies such as Abbott Labs, Caterpillar and Silgan Containers.

Since 1987, the Illinois Governor's Sustainability Award has recognized private and public Illinois organizations that have implemented outstanding and innovative techniques or technologies that demonstrate a commitment to sustainable environmental, social and economic health.

According to the award website: "Governor's Sustainability Award winners are an elite group of committed leaders reducing environmental impact, contributing to the growth of a more sustainable Illinois economy. By prioritizing sustainability throughout their operations, programs, technology, products and company culture, they serve as a model within their industry and community."

Sustainability initiatives have been at the heart of Hoffer Plastics' injection molding operations since 2007, when the company released its first Sustainability Report documenting its best practices. As a first-time winner of the Illinois Governor's Sustainability Award, Hoffer Plastics' efforts have been recognized and its achievements rewarded.

Hoffer Plastics discussed its sustainability initiatives during a free webcast hosted by PlasticsToday on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015. The webcast is now available on demand; you simply need to register. Register now.

In its entry submission for the award, Hoffer Plastics included a snapshot of its published Sustainability Report, which highlighted the company's longstanding achievement against its many environmental goals. Key highlights include:

  • Initiating a facility-wide 100% recycling program in 2007. By 2010, less than 1% of the 24 million pounds of resin used in manufacturing ended up in landfill.
  • In 2012, replacing facility lighting with high-efficiency fluorescent lighting resulted in annual savings of approximately 1.7-million kilowatt hours of electricity and 1200 metric tons of carbon dioxide.
  • Implementation of a high-cycle water-treatment program in 2014 saved an estimated 1.2 million gallons of water annually.

The award submission also previewed the company's ambitious goals for the year 2020, which include a 50% reduction in overall water usage and a further 20% reduction in energy consumption per unit of production.

"We're honored to receive the 2015 Illinois Governor's Sustainability Award" said Gretchen Hoffer Farb, Vice President of Value Creation. Farb also serves on the industry-wide Plastics Environmental Council. "Environmental sustainability was instilled as a core value in our company when it started 60 years ago with our founder, my grandfather, Robert Hoffer. Inspired by his example, we set ambitious goals, involve all employees in the effort and keep the vision of an environmental and socially responsible company alive in our culture."

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