Suppliers Partnership for the Environment (SP) Presents General Motors, Gage
Products Company and International Products Corporation with Sustainable
Innovation Awards at Summit on Accelerating Innovation
WASHINGTON, July 11, 2013
WASHINGTON, July 11, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --The Suppliers Partnership
for the Environment (SP) presented its first annual membership awards at an
evening reception on June 26 as part of the first Summit on Accelerating
Innovation hosted at Oakland University's Meadow Brook Hall in Rochester, MI.
The awards recognized SP member companies for their outstanding achievements
in three award categories: the Spirit of Suppliers Partnership; Demonstrating
Environmental Innovation in the Manufacturing Process; and, Creativity in
Implementing Sustainable Practices.
The first Spirit of Suppliers Partnership Award was presented to John
Bradburn, Manager of Waste Reduction Efforts for General Motors Company, and
Chair of SP's Materials Efficiency Work Group. John was recognized for the
outstanding impact he has made within SP and the broader community through the
countless collaborative projects he has led with partners in the automotive
supply chain to creatively reduce the industry's material footprint. Recent
highlights of John's collaborations with SP members have included converting
227 miles of oil boom into air deflectors for the Chevrolet Volt and helping
to insulate sleeping bags for the homeless with leftover sound absorbing
International Products Corporation (IPC) received the SP Award for
Demonstrating Environmental Innovation in the Manufacturing Process for its
environmentally friendly P-80® Temporary Rubber Assembly Lubricants which
provide a safe and easy way to improve assembly operations. IPC's P-80®
products are water-based, non-toxic, non-flammable, and easy to dispose of.
The P-80® lubricants help companies in the automotive and other industries
globally to reduce part breakage or failure, prolong part life, reduce worker
injuries and reduce their environmental impact.
The Creativity in Implementing Sustainable Practices Award was presented to
Gage Products Company for its sustainable closed-loop solvent recycling
program. The company has safely recycled and remanufactured over 100 million
gallons of liquid organic materials at its facility since it began its
sustainable remanufacturing program over 25 years ago. This innovation
program has been implemented at many automotive companies within the SP
membership through a collaboration between Gage and personnel all through the
supply chain, and in the last 12 months alone more than four million gallons
of reclaimed materials have been reused in this program for automotive and
other industrial customers.
"We are very pleased to recognize SP member companies General Motors Company,
Gage Products Company and International Products Corporation for their
remarkable leadership and innovative spirit in supporting SP's mission to
advance environmental sustainability in the automotive supply chain" said SP's
Chair, Randy Leslie, Group Vice President & General Manager, Johnson Controls,
Inc., Automotive Experience.
The Suppliers Partnership for the Environment (SP) is an innovative
collaboration between automobile manufacturers, their suppliers, and the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). SP members work together to identify
and implement creative projects and programs that will advance environmental
sustainability while providing economic value to the automotive supply chain
through strategic action and engagement. Learn more at
CONTACT: Kellen Mahoney, Suppliers Partnership, (202) 530-0096:
SOURCE Suppliers Partnership for the Environment (SP)
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