Allina Hospitals and Clinics, Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis
Goal: Minimize toxic product use in maintenance and environmental services.
Nordic Ware, Saint Louis Park
Goal: Reduce energy used for makeup air units in the painting areas and improve heating efficiency during non-manufacturing hours.
Stone Products of St. Cloud, Inc., Saint Cloud
Goal: Automate the gel-coat spray operation to reduce waste, toxic air emissions, and worker exposure, while improving quality.
Stylmark, Inc., Fridley
Goal: Reduce an anodizing line's nitric acid use and nitrate discharge.
Thomas Engineering Company, Brooklyn Park
Goal: Replace trichloroethylene (TCE) degreasing with a combination of n-Propyl Bromide and aqueous degreasing.
U.S. Distilled Products, Princeton
Goal: Reduce packaging and product losses, and wastewater generation from the production lines.
Aveda Corporation, Blaine
Goal: Evaluate ways to reduce water use and evaluate efficiency of the reverse osmosis system.
Blandin Paper, Grand Rapids
Goal: Increase the efficiency of the clay preparation area by recovering material for reuse and removing material from the wastewater.
Endocardial Solutions, Saint Paul
Goal: Reduce costs associated with the use of non-value added materials in the manufacture of medical devices.
Hutchinson Technology, Hutchinson
Goal: Test ways to reduce water use and improve rinse water cleanliness.
Pro-Corn LLC, Preston
Goal: Evaluate energy conservation opportunities for motors and uninsulated piping at an ethanol production facility.
Redwood Area Hospital, Redwood Falls
Goal: Research how to reduce volume of solid waste and waste that results in the emission of persistent bioaccumulative toxins (PBTs).
Rock-Tenn Company, Saint Paul
Goal: Improve facility insulation to reduce energy costs.
Ultra Image Powder Coating, Big Lake
Goal: Evaluate how to reduce raw material use in the powder coating application process.
Crenlo LLC, Rochester
Goal: Reduce paint arrestor waste and evaluate opportunities to conserve water and chemicals.
Goal: Reduce scrap by reviewing scrap-generating processes in the tubing department, including density of plain paper rolls, setup procedures and cutting operations.
Goal: Examine water use and wastewater, focusing on water use at the tumblers and evaluate electricity use, mainly on the compressors, motors and natural gas to the evaporator.
Lou-Rich, Albert Lea
Goal: Reduce water used in cleaning and cooling operations by 8.9 million gallons per year, saving $42,100 annually.
Goal: Evaluate options to decrease the volume of off-specification product produces.
Tiro Industries, Fridley
Goal: Reduce water and wastewater to reduce a Service Availability Charge (SAC).
Associated Finishing, Mankato
Goal: Work with molten salt paint stripping materials and methods to reduce phosphorus in wastewater.
Cortec Corporation, Saint Paul
Goal: Improve efficiency of raw material use.
Fairview Health Services, Bloomington
Goal: Reduce infectious waste.
HealthEast, Saint Paul
Goal: Recommend equipment modifications and reusable sharp containers.
K-Bar Industries, Faribault
Goal: Improve inspection of reject parts before stripping, increase operator awareness, and suggest process changes.
Lifecore Biomedical, Chaska
Goal: Remove unnecessary equipment and repair water valves to reduce water use.
Technical Plating, Brooklyn Park
Goal: Improve flow control on one plating line and recommend effluent reuse.
Amidon Graphics, Saint Paul
Goal: Reduce paper waste from web printing processes.
Columbia Gear, Avon
Goal: Reduce filtration waste.
Fiberglas Fabricators, Le Center
Goal: Evaluate trim scrap and overspray.
Hibbing Taconite, Hibbing
Goal: Reduce ore spills by making equipment and maintenance changes.
Oakwood Homes, Redwood Falls
Goal: Reduce construction scrap waste.
Pillsbury Foods, Chanhassen
Goal: Reduce water use at food processing facility.
Quest International, Rochester
Goal: Reduce wastewater loading.
Wis-Pak of Mankato, Mankato
Goal: Reduce water use and wastewater loading.