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Aurora sets standard for sustainable manufacturing in North American plant (11/14/18)
Building a successful business by doing the right thing has always been a core value at Aurora
Specialty Textiles Group and this includes taking care of the environment. With that in mind, Aurora
launched a massive program in 2009 to integrate state-of-the-art sustainability measures into the
company’s facilities, operations and manufacturing processes.
That program involved investing over $1 million in new equipment, moving from the former plant
in Aurora, Ill. to a new manufacturing facility in nearby Yorkville, Ill., and spending millions more
retrofitting and redesigning the new plant with sustainability upgrades. It also involved making a
commitment to developing and executing a comprehensive, ongoing Environmental Management
System (EMS) that involved the participation of employees at all levels of the organization.
As it turns out, the right thing was also the smart thing. Today, nine years later, Aurora’s new plant
in Yorkville is a global model for sustainable manufacturing:
1. The new plant is ISO.14001:2015 certified. ISO.14001:2015 is the most recent version.
ISO:14001 is a comprehensive, globally-accepted standard and framework for establishing,
implementing and maintaining an ongoing Environmental Management System.
2. The natural gas and electricity components of Aurora’s new plant were designed to
significantly reduce Aurora’s manufacturing carbon footprint. This resulted in reductions in
electricity and natural gas consumption that add up to an annual equivalent of reducing 465,178
gallons of gasoline or 4,523,015 pounds of coal burned.
3. The new plant exclusively uses LED lighting, which is both energy-efficient and long-lasting
and reduces landfill waste. This includes 75+ exterior lights and 500+ interior lights.
4. Water usage in the new plant is currently 50% less than the amount of water used annually in
the Aurora plant.
5. Other measures are being taken to reduce or eliminate pollution including programs to
recycle water, reduce effluent, reduce landfill waste and find additional ways to reduce energy
consumption and water consumption.
Aurora is also helping other North American manufacturers learn how to integrate sustainability
measures into their operations.
As members of the Valley Industrial Association (VIA) in Northern Illinois, Aurora has developed
presentations dedicated to sharing state-of-the-art sustainability management ideas with other
manufacturing operations. One example is the sustainability round table held at Aurora in August
2018 for members of the Valley Industrial Association in Illinois.
“The Aurora plant operates under an EPA-regulated and approved air permit designed to protect air
quality. This includes significant limits on volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) and hazardous air
pollutants (HAP’s) that might be released by a manufacturing operation,” he said. “The plant also
operates under a water discharge permit which sets strict standards for the content and amount of
Treated effluent discharged from a plant in the US, such as Aurora’s, which follows EPA guidelines, is
significantly kinder to water regional water resources than effluent discharged by manufacturers in
countries with no (or limited) environmental enforcement agencies.
Aurora’s sustainability program also benefits their customers.
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