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Manufacturers Making an Effort to Recycle

Posted on: April 22nd, 2014 | Posted in: american made manufacturing illinois

Vendor-Managed-InventoryEach year, Earth Day looks to bring awareness (and 2 billion “acts of green”) to global health and recognition to sustainability and “green” efforts. While we were thrilled to participate in the day’s events, we make an effort year-round to reduce our dependence on natural resources. Depending on the industry, manufacturers take different approaches to their sustainability efforts, and here at Production Materials, we try to do our share.

For starters, in order to reduce the carbon footprint and dependency on natural resources, we use reusable plastic bins in place of boxes for our managed inventory programs. The bins are more for durable and even after they wear out, they can be recycled. This allows us to reduce waste, save on deforestation and help the environment.

In addition, when we buy material and other goods from manufacturers, we empty the contents into our reusable plastic bins and place the boxes that they were shipped in inside a special machine. From there, we flatten the boxes—so they resemble cardboard sheets—and place them on pallets and sell them to a recycler. The facility reprocesses the material to form new boxes and other materials, which looks to reduce the amount of cardboard in landfills (and helps save trees).

We believe it’s important to reduce the amount of natural resources we depend on and make every effort to maintain a “green” world. For more information on our managed inventory solutions and bin recycling program, head over to our website.

Production Materials Celebrates U.S. Manufacturing in October and November

October is Manufacturing Month in the United States.  The designation is an opportunity for manufacturing companies to showcase their ties to local communities and how the jobs and products that they create are a value-add to the economy of their neighborhoods, states, and the country as a whole.

Then in November, the American Made Matters, organization will be celebrating and focusing attention on American Made products and services.  AMM, is an organization dedicated to educating consumers on the importance of buying American-made products.

The group has declared November 19, 2013, the first annual American Made Matters® Day. The organization hopes that on that day, U.S. consumers will be encouraged to buy at least one American-made product to show their support for American manufacturing.

According to the National Association of Manufacturers, “In 2012, manufacturers contributed $1.87 trillion to the economy, up from $1.73 trillion in 2011. This was 11.9 percent of GDP. For every $1.00 spent in manufacturing, another $1.48 is added to the economy, the highest multiplier effect of any economic sector.”

NAM also states that, “Manufacturing supports an estimated 17.2 million jobs in the United States—about one in six private-sector jobs. Nearly 12 million Americans (or 9 percent of the workforce) are employed directly in manufacturing.”

In 2011, the average manufacturing worker in the United States earned $77,060 annually, including pay and benefits. The average worker in all industries earned $60,168.3.”
AMM has reported that “the Federal Trade Commission mandates that, in order to label a good as made in the U.S., all significant parts and processing that go into the product must be of U.S. origin. Additionally, the law requires that U.S. content must be disclosed on automobiles and textile, wool, and fur products.”

AMM has two criteria for member organizations to use its label on products:

  •    50% of the product’s cost (labor, materials and overhead) must be incurred in the U.S.; and
  • Final assembly or transformation must take place in the U.S. 

Production Materials is proud to be associated with the American Made Matters® organization.  Many of the products we sell are made in the state of Illinois and are integral to other American products to perform the work and tasks necessary to keep the economy moving forward.  One of our main sectors that we service is agriculture, which is also critical to a strong America.  Join us in October to salute American manufacturing and then in November by buying American made products. Let’s all do our part to keep our country strong!

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