Sustainability in Grand Rapids

Sustainability:

By Michiganders, for Michigan

We hunt. We fish. We spend our summers on our shimmering lakes and rivers. We raise our children on Michigan grass. That’s why our devotion to protecting the environment goes far beyond merely meeting requirements. This is personal for Lacks and our employees. And, we go the absolute farthest we can to preserve our beloved state for generations to come. This love of land and home knows no bounds.

98% of waste is recycled, and the 2% is disposed of responsibly

At Lacks, we’re incredibly proud of these numbers and the amount of Lacks-exclusive innovations that have allowed for such an achievement.

Sustainability: Facility Controls

Facility Controls

One-of-a-kind centralized real-time quality measurement and process adjustment capabilities gives us an accurate depiction of every stage of the finish process so that we’re efficient with our resources, know exactly where improvements can be made and that our sustainability equipment is always operating at peak performance.

Sustainable Recycling at Lacks

Recycled Metals

98% of chrome and other metals used in the plating process are recycled on-site at Lacks plating facilities by using counter-current flow rinsing and evaporators to concentrate the chromium for reuse. Our internal ion exchange system allows us to reclaim and reuse these metals, as opposed to them being sent to landfills.

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Air Purification

As with all manufacturing, contaminants may sometimes be released into the air during the process. This is not the case at Lacks.

Volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from our painting operations are controlled with a combination of low VOC content coatings, high transfer efficiency spray equipment and regenerative thermal oxidizers (RTO).

Chromium emissions from our plating operation are controlled by using a surfactant in the chrome tanks to reduce the surface tension of the plating solution and composite mesh pad scrubbers to remove chrome mist from the plating facilities exhaust air.

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Hazmat Team

The Lacks Hazmat Team was established in 1992 to provide internal response, cleanup and remediation for all of its facilities. Since its inception, all Protective Services Employees have been trained to the Hazmat Technician/EPA level certification. This enables our department to respond, fix/repair, and clean up any spill that may occur within our facilities without needing to wait for outside assistance.

Awards & Recognition

 

Perry Johnson Registrars, Inc., names Lacks “Best of the Best”

In addition to their praise, lead auditors Perry Johnson Registrars, Inc., tell Lacks it has the only integrated QEHSL Management system they have ever encountered, anywhere in the world.

Lacks is the first US Manufacturer to fully certify and integrate its systems.

Certifications include the ISO 14001 environmental management standard and the Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series (OHSAS) 18001 specification.

 

MIOSHA CIS special recognition award

The award recognizes Lacks Enterprises for dedication to worker safety and health and for continuous ergonomic improvements in all plants.

Five Lacks facilities designated as clean corporate citizen status

These facilities met and exceeded the International Organization for Standardization’s qualifications for environmental certification.