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FLEXO Magazine : May 2013
laser-cutting system and state-of-the-art foil and embossing presses. Being recognized for outstand- ing accomplishments is not new to Paragon. The company has won many major awards for printing excellence (including from FTA Excellence in Flexography competitions - two Best of Shows, seven gold medals, eight silver medals and eight bronze medals) and 10 leadership awards for environmen- tal and sustainable practices (includ- ing winning the FTA Environmental Excellence Award in 2011). Paragon Label has a number of pro- grams that save energy, reduce waste, water use and solvent air emissions. The facility has energy-saving compres- sors, more efficient lighting, low flow water fixtures, in-house waste water treatment, digital platemaking equip- ment, drought tolerant landscaping and a variety of recycling areas. The firm created the “Green Team” and brought in assistance to help find ways to further reduce the environmental footprint. Paragon’s pride in its program has enabled it to do community outreach that promotes the brand. Paragon holds facility tours four days a week, having had more than 10,000 visitors. Employees explain the company ’s dedication to sustainable practices and urge visitors, mostly children, to be good environmental stewards. “ Paragon stood out because of its very positive influence to the community and surrounding area via tours and out- reach,” explained Judge Pat Nienhaus, Lauterbach Group. Paragon’s goal is to influence and inspire employees, customers, visitors and the community to get involved in their own sustainability practices. The company ’s philosophy is as much about how people treat each other as it www.flexography.org may 2013 FLEXO 25