Do more good. That is what drives us to be the best caretakers possible in the environments where we manufacture trailers, for our employees and the communities in which they live.
We put our sustainability practices to the test. We hired a leading third-party consultancy group, Ramboll, to evaluate our processes. Two decades of data revealed that our sustainability practices are paying off. We have reduced energy consumption, emissions, waste, and improved material sourcing and worker safety. Today, our manufacturing plants are designated as Minor Sources of Emissions* under the U.S. EPA’s Clean Air Act regulations.
For each trailer that we manufacture, we have:
Reduced Greenhouse Gases
Reduced Waste to Landfill
Eliminated Ozone Emissions
Reduced Air Emissions, Waste, and Energy Consumption
Energy usage is our primary source of greenhouse gas emissions and spray foam insulation is a secondary source. Energy efficiency measures, including improved HVAC controls, LED lighting and installing more efficient equipment have reduced electricity use by 17% and natural gas use by 26% per trailer since 2011. Our Six Sigma experts continue to identify and prioritize energy efficiency projects to reduce per trailer energy use, spray foam insulation use, and greenhouse gas emissions use even further.
Greenhouse gas emissions since 2011 through reduced energy consumption
Global warming emissions from spray foam since 2009
We’ve transitioned to zero stratospheric ozone-depleting blowing agents in our spray foam, and to low-VOC and low-HAP coatings, sealants, adhesives, solvents, cleaners, and other alternative materials. We’ve also implemented strict operational controls on purchasing, approving, dispensing, and using these materials to reduce their consumption. We will continue to pursue ways to reduce air emissions even further with every trailer we build.
All ozone-depleting emissions from spray foam insulation in 2009
Volatile organic compounds (VOC) emissions since 1994
Hazardous air pollutants (HAP) air emissions since 1994
Healthy and sustainable forests are in everyone’s interest. That’s why all of our wood suppliers are SFI certified sources. We’re also working with our suppliers to reduce packaging by returning reusable packaging materials to them, and purchasing other materials in bulk quantities to reduce overall packaging per unit. For packaging yet to be reduced, we’re aggressively recycling to divert cardboard, plastic, and metal from landfills.
Wood sourced from forests certified by the Sustainable Forest Initiative
Our proactive safety programs, the recruitment of experienced safety staff, and close relationships with local health-care providers have made our plants safer for our team.
Lower DART (Days Away, Restricted, and Transfer) rate than industry average
* Not a major source of regulated air pollutants per Title I, Title V, or Section 112 of the Clean Air Act regulations.
** All figures are calculated on a per trailer basis.