Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8L Link-Belt’s strong commitment to the environment, formalized in the company’s Environmental Management System, has financial and operational benefits as well. As part of that system, Link-Belt maintains a “reduce, reuse, recycle” philosophy in its manufacturing processes. “We have recycling systems in place for by-products like cardboard, metal, batteries, plastic banding, paper and wood. In 2013 we recycled 89 percent of our waste, last year we recycled 91 per- cent, and our target for recycling this year is 93 percent,” said Ken Johnson, Link-Belt Supervisor of Environmental & Security Management Systems. Between 2013 and 2014, the company also cut water use by 6 million gallons. In addition to recycling, Link-Belt has reduced its carbon footprint by cutting energy consumption at its manufacturing facility in Lexington, Kentucky. A key component of these efforts is a computerized system Link-Belt developed to monitor energy consumption and ensure more energy-efficient operation of HVAC and air compressor equipment. The company consumes less energy by turning on HVAC and air compressor equipment only when the production line is active. “We are automating utilities to start when work begins in the morning—the machines punch in just like our employees, so to speak,” explained James Bowman, Link-Belt Facilities and Maintenance Manager. Other steps Link-Belt has taken to reduce energy con- sumption include installing low-wattage automatic lights and using high-volume, low-speed fans to recirculate the air, improving the effectiveness of the HVAC system. Hot air exhaust from large air compressors is used to supplement heating on the shop floor. The company is testing skylights to see if they can replace LED lighting. Onsite contractors are also required to comply with the Link-Belt Environmental Management System. “Link-Belt’s Energy Management System is a good example of how sensible, environmentally-sound business practices can benefit a manufacturer, its employees, customers … as well as the wider community. We are proud to be associated with such an initiative,” said Bob Weber, head of the Lifting Division at Columbus Equipment Company. 3 Link-Belt Environmental Management System DRIVES DRAMATIC CHANGE IN USE OF RESOURCES LINK-BELT NEWS “In 2013 we recycled 89 percent of our waste, last year we recycled 91 percent, and our target for recycling this year is 93 percent.” Ken Johnson; Supervisor of Environmental & Security Management Systems, Link-Belt Cranes