Intek Plastics Receives Andersen Supply Chain Award for Sustainability Efforts

Company reduced energy consumption 17 percent and material scrap waste 24 percent in one year

HASTINGS, MINN. (August 17, 2011) - In a ceremony earlier today, Intek Plastics, Inc., a custom plastics extruder, received an Andersen Corporation Supply Chain Award in the sustainability category for successfully decreasing its electrical consumption by more than 1 million kilowatt hours or 17 percent in 2010,  and reducing its material scrap by 24 percent in the same period. Steve Kirby, Vice President, Supply Chain Services for Andersen Corporation, presented the award to Intek's energy steering committee.

"Intek has demonstrated its commitment to the environment, the company and its customers through its outstanding efforts in improving energy efficiency and reducing waste," Kirby said. "On behalf of Andersen Corporation's leadership, we can't thank you enough."

Kirby said that the Supply Chain Awards stemmed from an Andersen Corporation initiative to promote innovation and sustainability that would create advantages across the supply chain. Andersen recognized six suppliers in the first year of the awards - three for innovation and three for sustainability.

Jerry Redmond, Senior Vice President of Supply Chain and Operations for Andersen Corporation, said, "These efforts are just good business - a win-win-win. Good for profitability, with the people and with the environment."

"Not only did we do right by the environment," said Mike Kinning, President of Intek Plastics, "we also did a lot of right things for the company and the bottom line, which is really important in this economy. Our energy steering committee is to be applauded for their great leadership and direction in identifying and implementing improvements in the plant and office."

Energy Conservation

On a tour of the plant prior to the awards presentation, Applications Engineer and Energy Steering Committee member Jason Dohmen, explained energy efficiency achievements related to air compressors, exhaust systems and air conditioning units. Energy reduction efforts in 2010 resulted in a 17 percent reduction in energy use.

Waste Reduction Efforts

Chris Palmer, Warehouse and Logistics Manager, highlighted changes in inventory storage and processing, including use of customer-owned reusable shipping crates, which have reduced corrugated waste significantly. A broader company-wide scrap reduction effort has netted a 24 percent drop in material scrap and 30 percent decrease in waste sent to the landfill. The program has been driven by employees, who collectively received $190,000 in cash incentives for leading the waste reduction and material reutilization initiative.

Quality Assurance

Plant Manager Jim Southcotte also reviewed line modifications and company's extensive processes to monitor and engage employees in operational and quality improvements.

About Intek Plastics

Intek Plastics ( is a privately held company that engineers, extrudes and fabricates custom plastic extrusions for medium-to-large OEMs requiring unique, high-performance solutions. Intek's scale and sophistication allow it to serve any industry with world-class manufacturing, including construction, agriculture, recreation, appliance, telecommunications, transportation, retail point-of-purchase displays, window and door manufacturing, commercial refrigeration and LED lighting. Intek and its 250 associates create value for customers through a commitment to continuous improvement, lean manufacturing methods, and investment in materials and process technology. Founded in 1961, Intek is headquarted in Hastings, Minn., and also has a location in Hawthorne, N.J

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