Green Washington Awards 2013: Manufacuring

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WINNER: Precor Inc.

Precor Inc. has been designing and manufacturing the latest, coolest, trendiest fitness equipment since 1980 and is responsible for many industry firsts. It created the first padded treadmill, the first elliptical cross-trainer and the revolutionary Adaptive Motion Trainer (AMT), which adapts to the user’s stride length and mobility patterns.

Along the way, Precor made itself into one of the state’s greenest manufacturers. It recycles nearly 700 tons of material annually, including almost 60 tons of previously wasted ABS plastic, styrofoam and low-density polyethylene. A new “smart” welding ventilation system is saving more than 75,000 kilowatt hours each year by assuring that the ventilation system is open only when a robot is welding instead of operating at full power all day, as it had in the past. Precor even recycles used treadmill belts. Bellevue’s Upcycle Goods uses them to create iPad protection sleeves.

Precor’s green initiatives have previously earned accolades from King County and the Washington State Department of Ecology.

 

SILVER: Method Homes

Method Homes builds prefabricated homes in Washington and British Columbia, specializing in the type of contemporary island cabins that grace the covers of sumptuous architecture and design magazines. Method does prefab not only because it’s beautiful and efficient. It also does prefab because it’s green. Since, the company manufactures its modules in Ferndale, it diverts waste from landfills and reduce the CO₂ emissions that often occur on remote building projects. Method continues to push the envelope of green prefab construction with its recently unveiled Paradigm Series, a line of ultra-efficient homes that can be built to meet the strict standards of the Living Building Challenge administered by the Seattle-based International Living Future Institute.

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
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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.