Lawrence Manufacturing Plant Makes Significant Changes to Support a Better Environment
Lawrence, MA (September 3, 2008) – In support of the world’s global warming issue, Sekisui Voltek’s Lawrence, Massachusetts plant is doing its part by implementing a creative, energy saving program whereby all but a few critical lighting systems are shut down during the lunch hour.
Sekisui Voltek LLC, a global leader in the development of high-performance cross-linked polyolefin foams, is participating as part of a larger, worldwide campaign launched by its parent, Sekisui Chemical Group on April 1, 2008. The campaign was based on ideas resulting from the first Sekisui Global Children’s Eco Summit held last summer.
To celebrate the company’s 60th anniversary, Sekisui hosted the Global Children’s Eco Summit. Twenty-three children of Sekisui Chemical Group employees, from nine countries, met at Narita Airport and embarked on a trip throughout Japan, experiencing the country’s landscape and comparing them to the children’s own countries in order to study the difference between diverse natural environments and life forms in different regions.
The children observed the lifestyle in traditional Japanese farm houses, educating them on how the Japanese culture addresses critical issues such as sustainability and recycling. As part of the participation in the ecological summit, each student presented their own version of “Spring Fling” — capturing their individual efforts they spearheaded in their own communities in the U.S. Students highlighted their community group’s efforts that were successful, and those that weren’t. They presented solutions currently in place to improve their community’s environmental issues and discussed future environmental possibilities.
“The most surprising thing to me was to learn that Japan is 75 percent forest,” said Eric Hemker, student and son of a Coldwater, Michigan plant employee. “I would have thought it was much less than that. I have a completely different view of that part of the world having had the opportunity to see it firsthand.”
Locally, the Lawrence plant has initiated a “green team” made up of employees who volunteer to participate in developing various green office initiatives. “Lights Out at Lunchtime” is the first of many programs the company plans to adopt. A cost benefit analysis is being tracked by one of the company’s engineers to determine the “lights out” cost savings over time.
The company is reviewing how they use their office printers and trying to cut waste disposal and scrap materials.
“I’m very interested in this issue,” said Laurel Burrill, Director of Human Resources, Sekisui Voltek LLC. “I posted a notice asking for employees who were interested to sign up for the green team. I immediately had a full group of people participating. I think this demonstrates the level of interest people have in pitching in to do what they can to make a better environment for all us of.”
The company is evaluating all aspects of their operations including lighting, increasing or reducing air conditioning and heat settings to save energy. They are also adopting energy-saving behaviors in their personal lives at home, such as car pooling and consolidating laundry cycles.
Sensible Nutrition Wellness Program Challenges
LAWRENCE, MA (July 31, 2008) – Sensible Nutrition announced their new client, Sekisui Voltek, will be launching a 12 week Worksite Wellness program for their employees starting in July. Sensible Nutrition, a Hingham MA based corporate wellness provider, has created a custom 12 week program tailored to meet the needs of the Sekisui Voltek employees. Sensible Nutrition’s award winning wellness programs have helped over three thousand employees at over 100 companies for over 10 years.
“We are excited to bring this important wellness program to our employees. We hope that by embracing this new 12 week program our employees and their family’s quality of life improves, both at work and at home,” explained Laurel Burrill, Director of Human Resources Planning at Sekisui Voltek. She continued, “With the rising cost of healthcare affecting everyone, we wanted to be aggressive and find ways to help our employees live healthier lives, while also trying to combat the rising healthcare costs we are facing today. We value our employees and this program is a welcomed addition to our already employee focused benefit platform”
As a long term employer for the Merrimack Valley area, Sekisui Voltek continues to focus on both their employees and the surrounding communities. Located in Lawrence’s Industrial Park for over 35 years, this manufacturer of polyolefin foams, will be focusing over the 12 week period on physical activity, weight management and cancer prevention. These three health issues stood out as important areas of concern from a recent employee health risk assessment.
“I am thrilled to be working with Sekisui Voltek to help promote wellness to all their employees. Recent statistics report that 15% of the population incurs 85% of our healthcare costs. However, we believe it is extremely important to remember to keep the healthy people healthy and help those high risk employees change their behaviors. That is why our program is different from many others; we focus on all employees, not just high risk employees.”
About Sensible Nutrition, Corporate Wellness Program: Sensible Nutrition is a Hingham MA based company founded in 1994 committed to providing Corporate Wellness Programs that inspire employees to make simple and positive changes in their lives and improve their health while working to lower healthcare cost for the company. Custom tailored programs are developed for each corporate client, including on-site assessment services, monthly lectures, on-site fitness classes (yoga and personal training,) walking programs, newsletters, and website content. Sensible Nutrition has worked with hundreds of companies across New England, including American Express, Arnold Worldwide, Boston Ballet, Cornell University, EMC, Harvard Business School, Putnam Investments, and State Street. For more information about Sensible Nutrition visit www.sensiblenutrition.com or call 781.741.5483.
Seksiui Voltek Winner of Prestigious Industry Award
LAWRENCE, MA (May 8, 2008) – Michael Pawlisheck, Technical Service Engineer of Sekisui Voltek, LLC, a global leader in the development of high-performance cross-linked polyolefin foams, recently won a Lammy award for making the greatest contribution to the responsible growth of the laminate flooring category during the last year.
The Lammy Awards, originally started in 2006, are NALFA’s (North American Laminate Flooring Association) creation for recognizing outstanding contributors and contributions to the laminate flooring industry.
The NALFA board of directors anonymously nominates individuals and organizations in five categories: Member of the Year, Associate Member of the Year, Distributor/Retailer of the Year, Member Company of the Year and Associate Member Company of the Year. The nominees are compiled, listed on ballots and sent for voting to NALFA members as well as the editors of Floor Covering Weekly, Floor Covering News, Floor Focus and National Floor Trends.
Pawlisheck, along with the other award winners were featured among industry press and their colleagues during a special evening awards ceremony at Surfaces 2008, a major laminate flooring conference held this year on January 30 at The Venetian Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.
“I am honored to be recognized by NALFA and hope that my efforts will continue to contribute to the growth of the Laminate Flooring market,” said Pawlisheck.
The flooring industry has, in years past, been dominated by traditional application surfaces such as carpet and hard surfaces. With the continued support of NALFA for the past eleven years, laminates are now known for their high quality attributes and are considered as good as, or better, than other traditional flooring. Today, laminates can replicate any type of flooring surface available in the industry.
“The Lammy awards are NALFA’s way of recognizing people in the industry that make the extra effort to help manufacturing excel and grow,” said Bill Dearing, president of NALFA.
A solid presence in the laminate flooring segment for 10 years, the North American Laminate Flooring Association is an organization of U.S. and Canadian manufacturers and importers of laminate flooring products. NALFA’s mission is to encourage the establishment and maintenance of high standards in laminate flooring in North America, to recognize those that meet these standards and to recognize associate members who provide products and services to the laminate flooring industry including how to become a member or associate member, visit www.nalfa.com.
Sekisui Voltek Maintains Focus on Environmental Protection
LAWRENCE, MA (April 22, 2008) – Sekisui Voltek, a global leader in the development of high- performance cross- linked polyolefin foams, continues to demonstrate a high degree of safety and integrity in its operational procedures throughout the Lawrence, Massachusetts plant.
Company officials work closely with the Department of Environmental Protection to minimize the volume of chemicals and disposable materials it generates. Also, the company participates in a variety of safety initiatives in order to ensure that employees, local residents and business owners are kept safe and secure. For example, the company closely monitors all emissions that are released into the environment. The company has installed BACT, Best Available Control Technology, to control air quality in order to measure and maintain a high level of air quality both inside and outside the plant. All materials are properly treated, handled and transported.
Sekisui Voltek Plant Manager, Steven P. Kindler said that the company fully cooperates with state, local and federal agencies to oversee routine plant inspections.
“We are fastidious in our efforts to ensure that our plant is not only in compliance with health and safety regulations, but we’re also focusing on Clean and Lean manufacturing to further reduce our environmental footprint. Remaining responsible neighbors and a contributor to improving the local community is a top priority for us,” said Kindler.
Sekisui Voltek’s cross-linked polyolefin foams are used for various applications, such as automotive components, appliances, telecommunications, consumer equipment, and toys, as well as leisure and sports equipment. The company offers three main product lines: Volara®, Volextra® and Minicel®. Within each of them, Sekisui Voltek can modify elements like resin selection, additives, foaming technologies, cross-linking parameters, density, and thickness to achieve the performance parameters customers need.
The company is an integral part of a worldwide network dedicated to problem solving, continuous improvement and complete customer satisfaction. Their foams provide cost effective, lightweight, high-performance material options to a wide variety of markets. Their expertise is augmented by that of the other Sekisui companies, giving customers the benefit of more brilliant minds than they ever thought possible.