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Link-Belt Continues Environmental Journey with Second SC&RA Award

Thu October 18, 2018 - National Edition
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The Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association (SC&RA) presented Link-Belt Cranes with its second Environmental Award during the 2018 Annual Conference at the Boca Raton Resort in Boca Raton, Fla. Link-Belt previously won the award in 2012 and is the only member organization to have won the award twice.

By the end of 2017 Link-Belt achieved a major objective by becoming a zero-landfill facility. In other words, Link-Belt has diverted all of its land-fillable by-products or waste away from the landfill through recycling.

Environmental consciousness has long been a Link-Belt commitment. Link-Belt sees protecting the surrounding Bluegrass region and being a responsible corporate citizen as simply good business with operational and financial benefits. In order to formalize this commitment and provide a strategic framework, Link-Belt created the Link-Belt Environmental Management System. Link-Belt has pursued environmental targets since implementation of this system in 2011.

Also in 2017, Link-Belt reduced its carbon emissions by 30 percent from base year 2013 through energy efficiency measures. This reduction is due in large part to the operating systems put in place as well as Link-Belt's employees who embrace the principle of being a member of our community with the everyday actions of recycling, reducing and reusing.

  • Installing low wattage automatic lights and utilizing high-volume, low speed fans for recirculating tempered air.
  • Using exhaust air from large air compressors to supplement shop heating.
  • Private office areas utilize a heat recovery type HVAC system that doesn't use a backup type heat, dual stage variable speed heat pumps and air handling units, and a setback temperature program to reduce consumptions when space no occupied.
  • Paint line process improvements have also reduced demand for natural gas.

Parts suppliers are asked to share environmental information about their operations and invited to learn more about Link-Belt's. This also encompasses Link-Belt's dedication to the cranes it manufactures with the latest diesel engine technology from the standpoint of exhaust emissions and fuel efficiency. In fact, Link-Belt was the first mobile crane manufacturer in North America to achieve Tier IV final compliance across its product line, according to the manufacturer.

Link-Belt Crane's aggressive environmental goals are in line with its manufacturing direction of continuous improvement. Through longstanding practices and an aggressive commitment, Link-Belt looks forward to finding new ways to protect the surrounding community with environmentally friendly manufacturing techniques.

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