The times have not been easy for Ohio manufacturers. So when the national economy began to unravel last fall, it would have been easy for a company like Ampex Metal Products to simply hunker down and ride out the storm.
Instead, Andy Pastor and his employees were already thoroughly engaged in a commitment to sustainability that began in 2006. By going green, Ampex hopes to have found a way to not only endure but to also embrace new and vital business opportunities that will keep the metal component manufacturer growing, says the company’s president and CEO.
Ampex is embracing resource management, including energy usage and waste disposal, as the cornerstone of a green and sustainable business philosophy. The company is significantly reducing its carbon footprint through a three-pronged approach, which includes waste stream management, energy efficiency and renewable energy production.
Management of the waste stream through reduction, reuse and recycling is both environmentally and fiscally astute.
Just as Ampex is in the business of transforming metal, numerous companies are equally adept at transforming its scrap steel, brass, aluminum, wood, cardboard, paper, glass, plastics and equipment that is at the end of its usefulness.
Employees have bought in to the recycling of waste that they would otherwise throw away each day. This has resulted in a reduction in waste disposal costs of $5,400 and has actually generated more than $1,000 in revenue from recycled products.
The company itself has also committed to recycling its skids, pallets and cardboard, and it also aggressively lobbied its suppliers to reclaim wire racks, spools and steel coil plastic spacers.
The effort came about in large part as a response to consumers who are demanding greener goods and services and are looking for products that will be made with an eye toward the environment.
Pastor and his leadership team admit that being involved in manufacturing continues to be a tough business, particularly in Northeast Ohio.
But Ampex’s leaders believe there are opportunities to be found through innovation, and these opportunities can help control costs and produce a product that is not only good for the company’s bottom line but also good for the planet we all call home.
HOW TO REACH: Ampex Metal Products, (216) 267-9242 or www.ampexmetal.com