- THE MAGAZINE
STURTEVANT, Wis. – April 13, 2011 – Diversey, Inc., a leading global provider of commercial cleaning, sanitation and hygiene solutions, and Indiana Packers Corporation (IPC), a leading processor of premium pork products in the United States, announced IPC received the Environmental Achievement Award from the American Meat Institute (AMI) for implementing Diversey’s proprietary ReNew Wet Air Scrubber Program.
Diversey’s unique ReNew technology is used in the rendering process to remove volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from the air. ReNew is helping IPC create a safer working environment for plant workers, lower the total cost to operate, save water and improve the odor profile of its facility.
“We congratulate Indiana Packers Corporation on this major achievement,” said Diversey President and CEO Ed Lonergan. “IPC deserves recognition for its work to improve the environmental performance of its operations, and we’re honored to be their partner.”
The ReNew Wet Air Scrubber Program is helping IPC reduce water consumption at its Delphi, Indiana facility by nearly 400,000 gallons per year. ReNew is lowering IPC’s overall cost to operate because the system continuously cleans on-line, reducing downtime and maintenance costs. By using ReNew’s balance of enzymes and surfactants in the cleaning process, IPC has eliminated the use of hazardous chemicals, including concentrated sulfuric acid and caustic soda, saving $100,000 per year.
Paul Gomes, IPC’s Regulatory Compliance Engineer said, “Before ReNew, we had weekly and monthly cleaning processes for the scrubbers that usually took a technician an entire shift to clean. The ReNew program has eliminated four to five hours of labor per week required to clean the scrubbers, along with the use of 20 gallons of caustic soda and five gallons of concentrated sulfuric acid per month, generating significant cost savings.”
The AMI Environmental Achievement Awards are given to AMI member companies that go beyond environmental compliance by designing and successfully implementing an innovative plant upgrade or environmental program. IPC received its award in Category 3 (advances in environmental technology/advanced technology, upgraded systems, software). As an awards participant, IPC submitted supporting data to document the achievements claimed within its application.