A privately held Tacoma company, Emerald Services, has won the Association of Washington Business Green Manufacturing Award for 2014.
Emerald Services operates in eight states recycling industrial lubricants, antifreeze and other liquids.
The company’s Tacoma facility handles some 50,000 gallons of waste oil and other liquids daily reprocessing it into marine fuel, asphalt and other substances.
The AWB, the state’s chamber of commerce, said the company recycles some 20 million gallons of waste annually instead of sending those wastes to landfills or other disposal sites.
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Emerald was among several Washington manufacturers given awards by the AWB. Cadet Manufacturing of Vancouver, makers of high efficiency heaters, was named AWB’s Manufacturer of the Year. Ozone International of Bainbridge Island won the AWB’s Operational Excellence award. The maker of ozone generation systems cut the manufacturing time for its principal products from 27 to nine days and cut overtime by rescheduling production to times during the year when demand declines.
Tigerstop LLC of Vancouver was awarded the association’s Innovation Award. This manufacturer, begun in a garage two decades ago, last year delivered 30,000 units of its lineal cutting machinery and stop/push systems that ensure uniform results in industrial cutting operations.
Also winning a Green Manufacturing Award was Manhasset Specialty Co. of Yakima. The company manufactures high-end music stands. It recently modified its process of preparing its music stands for powder coating to a system that produces no waste.