Green Washington Awards 2013: Retail

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WINNER: GreenCupboards

The brainchild of Gonzaga University graduates Josh Neblett and Sarah Wollnick and their former adjunct professor, Tom Simpson, GreenCupboards is an online retailer of sustainable merchandise. It’s a one-stop destination for green-minded shoppers in search of food, household products, electronics, baby clothing and thousands of other items. GreenCupboards stocks more than 25,000 distinct products.

Shopping has never been so eco-conscious. The company’s Green Compliance Team reviews potential inventory items weekly, and GreenCupboards’ proprietary Eco-Trait system allows customers to browse products according to their manufacturing standards. For example, one might search exclusively for cruelty-free, BPA-free or nontoxic products, or for a product that fits all three Eco-Traits simultaneously.

So far, it pays to be the online-only, sustainable incarnation of a big-box retailer. GreenCupboards, which employs 75 people, expects 2013 revenues to exceed $25 million, up from $7.2 million in 2011.


SILVER: T-Mobile USA

T-Mobile may be fourth in the race among America’s cellular giants, but its retail and corporate operations are clearly greener than the rest. The company’s PC Power Management project automatically powers down all of its retail computers overnight and has saved almost 2 million pounds of CO₂ in its first year of operation. An ambitious overhaul of product packaging will eliminate plastic inserts, VOC finishes, petroleum-based inks and adhesives by the end of 2014. T-Mobile has recycled more than one million handsets at its retail stores and all of the company’s buildings at its Factoria headquarters are being retrofitted to achieve at least LEED Silver certification.

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.