Green Washington 2011: Nonprofit

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Winner: Northwest Energy Angels
First investment group in North America focusing exclusively on the cleantech industry.

GREEN ACTIONS Since its founding in 2006, Northwest Energy Angels has invested more than $4.25 million in 26 young companies working in renewable energy, biofuels, energy storage, clean transportation, green building, waste reduction and sustainable agriculture. These businesses all provide goods or services that directly reduce the carbon footprint of their customers and move society toward a sustainable economy.

RESULTS So many examples, so little space. One of the companies Northwest Energy Angels has invested in is EnerG2, which focuses exclusively on the development and production of advanced carbons for energy storage devices. Its first product is an advanced carbon that can be used in the batteries of electric vehicles, enabling them to go farther and faster with smaller batteries. This innovation is expected to accelerate market acceptance of electric vehicles, which will in turn lessen greenhouse gas emissions and reduce the United States’ dependence on foreign oil.

Runner Up:
Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center

Consults with businesses and agencies to make their operations more sustainable.

GREEN ACTIONS PPRC is part of several federal and state networks geared toward helping businesses green their operations. It recently participated in a national effort to quantify the outcomes of pollution prevention programs. PPRC efforts range in scale from training painters to optimize their material use to improving the environmental efficiency of health care facilities. 

RESULTS These various projects together have reduced the release of millions of pounds of solid waste, hazardous materials and air emissions. The gallons of water and kilowatt hours of electricity saved number in the trillions.

The 2016 Washington Manufacturing Awards: Legacy Award

The 2016 Washington Manufacturing Awards: Legacy Award

Winner: Belshaw Adamatic Bakery Group
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Legacy Award
Belshaw Adamatic Bakery Group
Auburn › belshaw-adamatic.com
When it’s time to make doughnuts — or loaves of bread, or sheets of rolls — it could well be a Belshaw Adamatic piece of equipment that’s turning out the baked goods. From a 120,000-square-foot plant in Auburn, Belshaw Adamatic produces the ovens, fryers, conveyors and specialty equipment like jelly injectors used by wholesale and retail bakeries.
 
The firm’s two legacy companies — Belshaw started in 1923, Adamatic in 1962 — combined forces in 2007. Italy’s Ali Group North America is the parent.
 
It it takes work to maintain a legacy. A months-long strike in 2013 damaged morale and forced a leadership change. Frank Chandler was named president and CEO of Belshaw Adamatic in September 2013. The company has since strived to mend workplace relationships while also introducing a stream of new products, such as a convection oven, the BX Eco-touch, with energy saving features and steam injection that can be programmed for precise times in baking. The company energetically describes it as “an oven that saves time, reduces errors, makes an awesome product, and is fun to use and depend on every day!”
 
So far, more than 3,000 have been installed in quick-service restaurants, bakeries, cafés and supermarkets in the United States. They are the legacy of Thomas and Walter Belshaw, former builders of marine engines, who began producing patented manual and automated doughnut-making machines in Seattle 90 years ago. They sold thousands worldwide and, today, Belshaw Adamatic is the nation’s largest maker and distributor of doughnut-making equipment.