(Waupaca, WI) May 19, 2014—Waupaca Foundry, the largest producer of ductile iron and gray iron castings in the world, was named supplier of the year for the third time from American Valve & Hydrant and recognized for environmental stewardship by Kawasaki Motors Manufacturing Corp.
American Valve & Hydrant, located in Beaumont, Texas, previously honored Waupaca Foundry as supplier of the year in 2011 and 2008. American Valve & Hydrant ranks suppliers based on delivery performance and the percentage of high quality product received. The water works manufacturer also considers casting volume when suppliers’ performance is assessed.
On May 5, 2014 Waupaca Foundry’s Plant 5 located in Tell City, Indiana won supplier of the year for 2013 in the category of foundries with more than $1,000,000 in annual sales to American Valve & Hydrant. The ductile and gray iron foundry’s on time delivery was 100% and its product quality rating was 99.97%. The company employs 955 people at the Tell City, Indiana plant.
"We credit our team members with outstanding communication with our customer and a high level of service in earning this competitive award," said plant manager, Bruce Tesch.
On May 1, 2014 Kawasaki Motors Manufacturing Corp., located in Maryville, Missouri, awarded Waupaca Foundry the environmental award at its annual supplier conference. Since 2004, Waupaca Foundry has implemented significant energy conservation programs and has a 10-year vision for sustainability that includes:
- Reduce energy use intensity by 25%,
- Promote alternative processes and maintain state of the air pollution control technologies,
- Reduce spent foundry sand generation by 30% while promoting offsite reuse/recycling opportunities of remaining spent foundry materials to achieve zero landfill disposal,
- Reduce water use consumption by 80%.
"Waupaca sets the pace in the industry, committing to and implementing continuous environmental sustainability through energy reduction, metal reuse, sand recycling, air pollution control, and water conservation," said Bryant Esch, environmental coordinator at Waupaca Foundry.
The environmental award was presented to Waupaca Foundry’s Plant 2/3 located in Waupaca, Wisconsin, which produces gray iron castings and Plant 4 located in Marinette, Wisconsin, which produces ductile iron castings. Each foundry employs 890 and 755 people respectively.