Utah Lt. Governor Gary Herbert, in association with the Utah Manufacturing Extension Partnership, announced that Staker & Parson Companies was selected
Utah Lt. Governor Gary Herbert, in association with the Utah Manufacturing Extension Partnership, announced that Staker & Parson Companies was selected winner of the 2005 Utah Manufacturer of the Year Û Environmental Consciousness award. The Utah Manufacturing Extension Partnership, a nonprofit organization designed to raise the level of manufacturing performance in Utah, presented awards in 11 categories.
With headquarters in Ogden, Utah, Staker & Parson Cos. is the mountain west’s largest manufacturer of aggregates (stone, sand, & gravel), ready-mixed concrete, and asphalt. The company employs more than 2,000 people at locations in Utah, Idaho, Nevada, and Oregon. Staker & Parson was selected on the basis of its demonstrated commitment to environmental excellence as evidenced by:
- A philosophical and financial commitment to support sustainable manufacturing methods including source pollution reduction, waste minimization, recyclable material utilization, energy conservation, and continuous improvement.
- Development and implementation of an environmental auditing system designed to ensure that increasingly aggressive environmental performance targets are met at the company’s 87 sites. The identification of key opportunities for improvement by means of the system has led to innovative solutions for environmental sustainability; an automated storage and loading facility for aggregates in Brigham City, for example, increased energy efficiency, reduced fossil fuel requirements, doubled hourly production, decreased particulate emissions by 26 percent, and decreased overall air emissions by 67 percent.
- Conversion of many sites to zero storm-water discharge as well as reclamation and recycling of process water.
- Pollution reduction and water conservation in mitigating dust by paving haul roads and applying dust suppressants.
- Recycling of waste products including fly-ash during concrete production, waste-oil as an alternate heating source, and aggregates from recycled concrete. During 2005, over 500,000 tons of materials were diverted from landfill disposal and nearly 500,000 gallons of waste oil were recycled.
- Extensive landscaping and beautification of many company facilities including Beck Street in Salt Lake City, South Weber, West Haven, Brigham City, and Draper. The Beck Street office features an extensive example of water-wise landscaping that features the company’s products.
- Identification and implementation of specific energy-conservation measures resulting in the reduction of millions of kilowatt hours and thousands of kilowatts during a time of increasing production.