Keystone Steel & Wire, manufacturer of Red Brand® fence, was
recently chosen to receive the coveted 2012 Steel
Manufacturers Association (SMA) Achievement in Environmental Stewardship and Recycling Award. Presented at the SMA Annual Members Conference in Washington, D.C.,
the honor recognized the company's new extensive recycling program which
promotes the principles of sustainability and stewardship.
"Recycling is in our DNA, and to be recognized by
our peers for our efforts is a great honor," explained David Cheek, CEO of
Keystone Consolidated Industries, Inc.
"Many already know that we recycle about 800,000 tons of scrap
metal at our Peoria, Illinois plant each year. By recycling,
Keystone is helping the environment, as much of the scrap metal used to create
our products is shredded automobile and appliance scrap.” Now, according to Cheek, the company's recycling efforts have been expanded to include materials used throughout the
company's facilities. By implementing a company-wide effort – from the
manufacturing floor to administrative offices – over 60 tons of packaging
materials are now diverted annually from landfills and sent to recycling
centers. Everything from cardboard boxes, paper and plastic bags to aluminum
oxide sand barrels are collected at sites throughout the plant.
"We understand the impact of our efforts on the environment, and because it's a
priority at Keystone, we enjoy the added benefit of aligning with
environmentally-concerned companies," explained Cheek. "Consumers are
seeking earth-friendly and socially responsible manufacturers to partner with,
and we are proud to be part of that trend."
The SMA member companies account for over seventy-five percent of total domestic
steel production, and utilize a feedstock almost entirely composed of recycled
scrap metal to produce new steel.
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