Just Manufacturing has long-standing commitment to Green operational processes with an environmentally conscious production facility that demonstrates commitment to environmental awareness and improvement. The in-plant production, as well as the inbound raw materials and packaging are factored into their “Green” planning and “Recycling” efforts.
To further reduce the company’s carbon footprint, inbound raw materials are shipped from mills geographically located in proximity to the manufacturing facility.
In-plant production processes include self contained hydraulic presses that are cooled by recirculated water. This uses less than one-third of the energy used by traditional cooling systems, providing substantial energy, water and annual greenhouse gas savings.
By-products of production are scrap stainless steel, metal sludge and oils:
- The metal sludge produced during production is separated and reclaimed by processors. This eliminates environmental concerns regarding potential contamination of this fluid in the waste stream. Once recycled, the stainless steel contained within this by-product is reclaimed for further treatment.
- The scrap stainless steel is collected and returned to the recycling process to once again to be melted down to become new steel. This ensures that it is diverted from landfills and recaptured for use in new high quality stainless steel.
- The oils that are used for polishing are recycled internally and reused
Our Green commitment and recycling efforts extend past the production floor into the shipping and administrative areas:
- Shipping: Corrugation materials for finished products are of 35% recycled materials.
- Administrative: Paper products used for forms, catalogs and price books are produced from recycled paper products. All paper from internal operations and mail are recycled.
Steel is North America’s most recycled material. The Steel Recycling Institute (SRI) reports more steel is recycled annually than paper, plastic, aluminum, and glass combined. This is because steel scrap is an essential raw material in making new steel. In fact, stainless, along with other grades of steel, is able to be recycled without any degradation to its structural properties.
In recent years, the North American steel industry marked a milestone with more than one billion tons of steel having been recycled since 1988, according to SRI.