Why is green manufacturing important to MRO business?

Many companies still think of eco-friendly initiatives as good for the world, but costly for business. The truth is that sustainable and “green” practices can have positive impacts not just for the environment, but also on financial and operational matters for an MRO business.

It’s never been more important to prioritize your green story — and the green story of your vendors, suppliers, BPOs, and business partners — than today. Customers, regulators, and future generations are all watching.

Here are a few of the reasons that your MRO will come out ahead with a focus on green manufacturing and sustainability.

1. Keeps You Ahead of Regulatory Changes


Ever-evolving regulatory landscapes expose your MRO business to repercussions if you fall behind. Over time, laws and regulations have steadily grown more strict. If your company is not engaging in impactful initiatives now, what happens in five years? Businesses do not want to be caught unprepared and unable to comply with new and rapidly changing standards. It’s important to stay ahead of the curve and lead the way to a sustainable future.

2. Protects the Environment


Green manufacturing practices are all about sustainability — for the environment, for the climate, and for our energy resources. A green manufacturing plating chemistry facility, for instance, must take waste treatment seriously in order to protect the environment from potentially hazardous waste.

Elements such as cadmium have many advantages and applications within the plating industry, but are also highly toxic to the environment and must be applied to substrates with extreme care, under controlled conditions and expert supervision. Regulatory oversight of the handling of these materials is stringent.

The state-of-the-art waste treatment systems at MFT are one example of how we meet or exceed local, state, and federal regulations designed to protect the environment. We’re able to control both waste and cost by maintaining complete chemical integrity. Our systems not only live up to today's standards but prepare us to grow and operate into the future with reliability and safety.

3. Reduces Energy Costs


Energy conservation measures or “ECM” are a type of upgrade, retrofit, repair, or replacement that an organization can put in place to improve energy efficiency and reduce waste. Not only can an ECM project reduce operating costs, but it can also provide functional benefits. When a business updates or replaces old, obsolete equipment, for newer, more efficient, and more reliable solutions, business operations are bound to improve as well.

At MFT, we’ve implemented a series of robust energy conservation measures (ECM) at our 70,000-square-foot facility that are projected to result in nearly $2 million in energy cost savings. Working closely with contractor Design With Nature, MFT allocated more than $650,000 towards the installation of high-efficiency transformers, HVAC air handling units, compressors, interior LED lighting, and windows. These changes will reduce energy costs by approximately $1.9 million over the effective useful life of the ECMs.

Are You Sending MRO Work to a Green Manufacturer?

Metal Finishing Technologies (MFT) is among the largest metal plating and finishing shops in the Northeast with 9 plating lines, an FAA repair station for MRO business, and a metals and coating stripping area. But more importantly, we take environmental action seriously. Being an environmentally conscious and sustainable metal finishing company is about more than the bottom line. Our initiatives help our company to ensure a healthy community where we work and live.

MFT has been strongly committed to the growth of our “green story” ever since our establishment in 1947. Bring your cadmium, copper, electrolytic and electroless nickel, tin, zinc, chromating, metal stripping, as well as passivation and electropolishing work our way for high quality, fast turnaround, and a process that’s as efficient as it is responsible.

Learn more about our commitment to environmental stewardship in metal finishing.

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