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Felling Named 2018 Green Manufacturing Award Recipient; Selects mikeroweWORKS Foundation as Charity

Felling Trailers, Inc. was presented with the 2018 Green Manufacturing Award this past February at the NATM Conference (National Association of Trailer Manufacturers) in Fort Worth, TX. NATM’s Green Manufacturing Award was established to recognize manufacturers that have made significant contributions towards improving their environmental impact within their manufacturing processes and facilities. The award celebrates environmental awareness and protection, as well as the business opportunities created therein.

Felling Trailers’ Green Initiatives

Over the course of several years Felling Trailers, Inc. has made the reduction of their environmental footprint a prime focus in the operation of their company. They have practiced green manufacturing by setting initiatives in place to maximize energy efficiency and minimize waste. The most recent initiative achieved was obtaining ISO 9001:2015 Certification for their quality management system.

Energy Efficient Lighting Systems

Felling took steps to maximize energy usage by upgrading lighting systems from the use Green Manufacturing Award - Felling Trailersof metal halide bulbs to T8 fluorescent bulbs. “The benefits of the T8 greatly out weight the transition cost from the metal halide,” said Paul Radjenovich, Felling’s VP of Operations. The T8 fixtures use ¼ of the electricity of the previous metal halide fixtures, have 30% less light loss, and provide 40 times longer life expectancy. Better lighting, better work environment, the T8 also provides a higher color rendering index (CRI) of 85 compared to the 65-70 that the metal halide bulb provides. The higher CRI makes objects and surfaces in a room appear more as they would under natural lighting, increasing the eye’s ability to see contrast, detail, and reducing eyestrain. This not only creates a positive environmental impact, but also saves the company significantly in operational costs.

Proper Disposal and Recycling of Special Materials

The company implemented a partnership with Stericycle, a waste management solution provider, whose services handle pick-up and proper disposal of liquid paint waste, fluorescent light bulbs, metal halide bulbs, and oil absorbent rags to ensure environmental safeguarding, protection of people, and organizational compliance. In the period of one year, nearly 8,000 gallons of paint waste was reused as fuel in cement kilns, 165 gallons of paint waste was considered waste-to-energy and 500 light bulbs were recycled.

Ventilation Systems for Better Air Quality

Green Manufacturing - Felling Trailers NATM

Left to Right: Jim Berry (Dexter), John Kerr (Marsh & McLennan Agency), Marcus Hester (Optronics International), Patrick Jennissen (Center with purple tie and glass award) (Felling Trailers), Ron Yarnell (PPG), Rick Coffey (The Carlstar Group), and Jerry Sampson (Kenda/Americana Tire & Wheel Corporation).

Air quality plays a significant part in employee comfort, safety, and performance in a manufacturing environment. Felling recognized this and put into motion their air quality initiative. The company invested in ventilation systems that capture welding fumes and gases at their source and remove them from the worker’s breathing zones. The captured air is then filtered through a high-efficiency canister filter with a 99.9% efficiency rate, exceeding OSHA requirements. Felling’s blast booth is also equipped with its own air filtration system that not only filters the air but returns it to the welding shop floor helping to maintain the heat of the manufacturing area and better regulate the temperature.

“Our work environment has improved dramatically over the years, not only the air quality but lighting and temperature control as well. The air exchangers allow us to maintain a higher room temperature in the winter by not sucking out a majority of the heat with the dirty air,” said Lyle Mader, Special Projects Coordinator at Felling Trailers.

“Our work environment has improved dramatically over the years, not only the air quality but lighting and temperature control as well.”

Felling also implemented a system that utilizes heat produced from the compressor room that houses four (4) large compressors. The system is configured with two modes: summer and winter. In winter mode, the warm air is pulled, filtered and pushed into the drying room supplementing the heat that would otherwise be produced via radiant gas heat from the ceiling. In the summer mode, the warm air is pulled, filtered and pushed outside. The company also took steps to reduce the amount of hazardous air pollutants by using a new paint vendor that offers paint with only 4% of the pollutants found in their previous paint.

Gifting Green Award to mikeroweWORKS Foundation

Along with the award from the National Association of Trailer Manufacturers, there is a cash gift that is directed to a charitable organization of the recipient’s choice. Felling selected the mikeroweWorks Foundation as the recipient of the Green Award monetary donation. As part of its efforts to debunk myths about the skilled trades and help close the skills gap, the mikeroweWORKS Foundation provides scholarships to qualified individuals willing to learn a trade that is in demand.  Mike Rowe was even kind enough to acknowledge Felling Trailers on his Facebook Page, stating “You probably don’t spend a lot of time thinking about the people who manufacture trailers, but they employ a lot of people, and the people they employ usually possess the kind of skills learned in trade schools. So, while it makes sense for a company like Felling Trailers to support the efforts of my foundation, their donation comes as a complete surprise, which is why I appreciate their support even more. Thanks! Next time I need a trailer, I know who I’m calling!”

“You probably don’t spend a lot of time thinking about the people who manufacture trailers, but they employ a lot of people, and the people they employ usually possess the kind of skills learned in trade schools. So, while it makes sense for a company like Felling Trailers to support the efforts of my foundation, their donation comes as a complete surprise, which is why I appreciate their support even more.” – Mike Rowe

Since its inception, the mikeroweWorks Foundation has granted, or helped facilitate the granting of, more than $5 million in technical and vocational education in the United States. “As an industry and company who relies heavily on the skills that result from trade schools, Felling Trailers, Inc. proudly selected mikeroweWORKS Foundation to receive our Green Award donation. We are grateful to the other vendors who contributed to this cause as well,” said Brenda Felling Jennissen, President/CEO of Felling Trailers, Inc. This year’s contributors to the Green Award were: PPG, Optronics International, LaVanture Products Company, The Carlstar Group, Dexter Axle, Marsh & McLennan Agency, and Kenda/Americana Tire & Wheel for a total donation of $8,000. 

“As an industry and company who relies heavily on the skills that result from trade schools, Felling Trailers, Inc. proudly selected mikeroweWORKS Foundation to receive our Green Award donation.” – Brenda Felling, Preseident & CEO of Felling Trailers 

Felling Trailers is honored to be recognized as a leader in green manufacturing. Interested in learning more about Felling Trailers and the full line of commercial and construction trailers? Give us a call at 888-335-5464 or fill out this simple form!

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