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Less Is Better in Elizabethtown

Sometimes less is better. That’s certainly true at the Elizabethtown Plant, Kentucky, US,  where less waste is resulting in better environmental and financial performance.

In 2003, sealant packaging operations were found to be the largest waste generator for the Elizabethtown site. The majority of the waste was generated during changeovers from one sealant color to another on the packaging lines . A number of recommendations were implemented, resulting in an impressive 40 percent reduction in the packaging waste generation rate. That decrease occurred while production increased 60 percent over the same time frame!

Expired material, and scrap from production processes, were other sources of waste at the site. Improved inventory management and several process improvements have resulted in decreased waste. Less waste is better for the environment – and for Dow Corning’s bottom line, which benefits from reduced disposal costs and improved operational efficiency.

Learn about the Elizabethtown, KY site community involvement and support.

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