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FLEXO Magazine : May 2013
is about how they treat the planet. “ Paragon Label went over and above the normal scope of a printer,” summarized Judge Allen Marquardt, Kimberly-Clark. In response to winning the award, Jason Grossman, president of Paragon Label, stated “To have been presented with the Environmental Excellence Award for 2013 is a great honor for all of us at Paragon Label. It is FTA that really got us involved and committed to being an environmentally friendly operation. ” GLOBAL PACKAGING Global Packaging was awarded a honorable mention in this year’s competition. A FTA member since 1997, the facility specializes in printed roll stock and converted bags for the consumer product, food, bakery, confectionary and pet food markets. Pollution prevention, waste reduction and lean manufac- turing processes have been part of its lexicon for many years. In 2009, Global Packaging was the first flexographic fa- cility certified by the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership. It is also the second time it has received an award in the FTA Environmental Excellence competition, having been awarded an honorable mention in 2005. The company ’s commitment to the environment starts from the top. In Global Packaging’s sustainability policy, President Michael Frost states, “We have an active management process and practices that incorporate environmen- tal, health, and safety considerations into equipment selection and opera- tion, raw materials acquisition, and our production process. We regularly seek to reduce waste, find ways to reuse and recycle; and use energy more efficiently. To Global Packaging, social responsibil- ity includes providing a workplace with equal employment and business op- portunities for applicants, employees, customers and visitors; while complying with applicable local, state and federal laws, including but not limited to employment, safety and environ- mental requirements. ” Global Packaging achieves process improvements and increases employee engagement by involving employees in monthly meetings with their supervisors. In small groups, they regularly discuss ways to operate more efficiently, meet customer demand and improve quality. “It was good to see environmental actions that led to real savings. Global Packaging did a nice job of combining leadership with execution,” Judge Don Duncan, Wikoff Color, noted. Judge Lori Ashford, Robbie, added, “Global Packag- ing was able to show how it saved more than $128,000 by implementing projects that were generated by employees and supported by management. ” The combination of new Left and Center — On press at Paragon Label. Right — Paragon Label’s recycling center is a popular stop on plant tours. Here its mission is explained to young children. 26 FLEXO may 2013 www.flexography.org