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Environmental Initiatives at Samuel

Steps to minimizing waste and improving environmental conditions are part of Samuel's continuous improvement process. Some examples from across our operations include:

Infrastructure

- Promoting a mandate to upgrade lighting and energy savings programs in our 100+ locations.

- Many locations have upgraded to high-efficiency HVAC systems, high-efficiency florescent lighting systems and other measures to reduce electric consumption and improve healthy conditions.

- Recycling spent acid and using low water consumption scrubbers in our pickling operations.

- Obtaining ISO14001 certification, an international environmental management standard, for our location in Stoney Creek, Ontario which produces up to 75,000 tons annually in plate product.

- Overseeing energy programs for all plant locations through a central department.

- Implementing carbon prevention projects, with numerous Samuel locations now operating roof-top solar panels.

- Conducting on-site green energy assessments for locations.

- Converting waste heat expelled from air compressors to assist in heating factory facilities and retrofitting older compressors to reduce energy needs.

- Modifying vapor degreaser facilities to reduce the amount of solvents needed and to using non-ozone depleting solvents.

Manufacturing

- 100% of plastic strap made by Samuel Strapping Systems Inc. Fort Mill is made from recycled plastic bottles. Other Samuel Strapping facilities use a high percentage of recycled PET and PP in the making of industrial strapping.

- Samuel divisions manufacture green energy equipment and supply into the latest industry technologies:

  • Complete vacuum furnace vessels and pressure vessel heads for solar cell manufacturing
  • Vessels for wind energy projects to store hydrogen
  • Vessels for hydroelectric projects
  • Cooling towers for ethanol
  • LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) fuel tanks for semis and buses
  • Vessels for energy efficient artificial lifts for natural gas extraction
  • Welded specialty alloy tubes used in solar power towers
  • Millions of feet of welded stainless steel tubes for use in the secondary heat exchangers of high-efficiency furnaces
  • Vessels for natural gas reclamation from landfill sites (gas which can then power trucks and other vehicles)
  • Vessels used for the recovery of gas vapors released when cars refill at the gas station (California, USA)

- Improving the composition of the paints we use: more powder-paint capabilities, reduction of volatile organic compounds, and increased water-solvent paint.

Operational Measures

- Samuel's company-wide Corporate Health, Safety and Environmental Policy promotes individual action by employees to take steps in the areas of waste reduction and reducing our carbon footprint.

- Improving office operations such as: eliminating hard copies of invoices, recycling office paper and cardboard, and car pooling to audit locations.

- Improving plant operations such as: using biodegradable lubricants and cleaning products, recycling transport skids, and processing oil / paint waste through government sanctioned, third-party agents.

- At our locations, some large-scale recent energy efficiency projects include:

1) Retrofitting lighting systems by induction and LED lighting installations to reduce energy consumption

2) Addressing low power factors by the installation of power conditioning systems to stabilize voltage and energy required

3) Improving compressed air systems by identifying and fixing equipment air leaks.

Reducing Landfill Waste

- Working with the recycling industry to recycle scrap metals or donate unrecyclable discarded materials to school apprenticeship programs.

- Initiating a recycling programs with customers, such as the Samuel Strapping Systems program to collect and supply recycling containers to customers for used polyester (PET) and polypropylene ( PP) strapping materials.

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