WINDSOR, Canada - Since production resumed in 2010, Essex Engine Plant (EEP) has gone above and beyond the required standards to be a leader in environmental sustainability.
This is because of the hard work and dedication of EEP’s environmental team. While the plant is governed by the Environmental Operating System (EOS), there are many additional efforts the plant has implemented or planned to enhance this process.
Essex Engine has obtained a zero waste-to-landfill status, something all plants strive to achieve. Zero waste-to-landfill status means all of EEP’s regular waste such as cardboard, paper, plastics, used oils, spent batteries, fluorescent lights and scrap metal is sent to recycled waste streams.
General waste is sent to a waste-to-energy facility in Michigan, where the trash is incinerated
Since January 2012, EEP has recycled approximately 10,356 lbs. (4,697 kg.) of cardboard, 49,791 lbs. (22,584 kg.) of loose plastic, 78,397 lbs. (35,560 kg.) of wood pallets, 8,046 lbs. (3,650 kg.) of office paper, 4,342 lbs. (1,969 kg.) of glass bottles and 256,751 lbs. (116,460 kg.) of solid commercial waste.
Totals from the cardboard, paper and dwood pallets are equal to 3 million sheets of newspaper, enough to save 356 mature trees.
EEP is very conscious about preservation and energy consumption and continually tries to improve the awareness level of employees. Employees are encouraged to shut off electronics and lights that aren’t required and to improve shutdown performance during off-shifts or weekends.
As an additional energy initiative, a Demand Response Agreement is in development with the local utility company that will provide savings to the plant. This agreement states that when the grid nears maximum capacity for energy demand, the utility company will inform the plant, which will then reduce the demand from the plant by the agreed upon volume.
This reduces energy usage during critical peak demands on the grid and saves the plant money.
Essex Engine also saves a substantial amount of money by encouraging employees to reuse gloves. Some employees may go through two to three pairs each day.
To save money and practice sustainability, thousands of gloves are sent to a local company for washing each week. Using washed gloves in 2011 was a third of the cost of using brand new gloves.
All of these accomplishments are examples of how EEP strives to be a leader in sustainability.
ESSEX ENGINE PLANTLOCATION:
Windsor, Ontario, CanadaPLANT SIZE:
1,600,000 square feetOPENED:
1981NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES:
799 CURRENT PRODUCTS:
5.0 -liter V8 engine and home to the Powertrain Engineering Development Research CentreVEHICLES THAT RECEIVE THE PLANT’S PRODUCT:
Ford Mustang and Ford F-SeriesHISTORIC PRODUCTS:
3.9-liter V6, 4.2-liter V6, 4.6-liter V6, 5.4-liter V8 FUN/INTERESTING FACT:
Essex Engine Plant is the youngest Canadian Ford plant. COMMUNITY EFFORT:
United Way – Raised more than CAD $600,000 to support the community and EEP received the 2011 Community Partnership Award. JDRF – In 2011, $36,000 was raised and Essex was name the No. 1 corporate team in the community for the 11th consecutive year. EEP also received the 2011 Platinum Level Awareness award from Essex County for the plant’s promotion of a healthy workplace.WHAT ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF?
“I am most proud of the collaborative effort and the teamwork at the Essex Engine Plant. EEP has worked to change with the new business climate and though all the economic challenges, the plant has re-emerged with the introduction of the 5.0-liter engine.”
– Shaun Whitehead, Site Operations Manager