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Environmental Efforts Earn Recognition

Monday, April 18, 2016

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An Avon, OH-based supplier of specialty additives, resins and pigments has achieved recognition from the state agency tasked with protecting the environment and public health by ensuring compliance with environmental laws and encouraging environmental stewardship.

Maroon Group LLC was recognized by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency for its commitment to reduce waste, improve efficiency and continuously work to progress as an environmental steward, the company said in a statement.

“If you’re doing something great for the environment, tell us about it,” said Ohio EPA Director Craig W. Butler. “By recognizing Ohio businesses and other organizations, we can improve Ohio’s environment through innovation and efficiency.”

Maroon's environmental program
Maroon Group LLC

Part of the “Maroon is Green” program includes energy conservation, by using all rechargeable electric lift trucks along with recycling all waste cardboard.

“Continued growth comes with greater responsibility, and we at Maroon Group are proud to receive this recognition from the Ohio EPA,” said Mark E. Reichard, Maroon Group president and CEO.

“The employees of Maroon Group take our responsibility to the environment seriously, and we will continue to seek out areas where we can improve as environmental stewards.”

Striving for Environmental Excellence

Maroon Group successfully met the criteria for the Achievement Level of the agency’s Encouraging Environmental Excellence Program, which requires participants to demonstrate significant progress in at least seven environmental stewardship criteria, it said.

The 22 criteria range from federal program participation, environmentally preferable purchasing and recycling programs to life cycle analysis, pollution prevention and energy efficiency, and stormwater best management practices.

The company explained that part of its eligibility came from participation in Responsible Distribution, a third-party-verified environmental, health, safety and security program administered by National Association of Chemical Distributors. The NACD system enables companies to demonstrate their commitment to continuous performance improvement in every phase of chemical storage, handling, transportation and disposal, according to the company.

Additionally, many of Maroon Group’s resource conservation activities are part of its “Maroon is Green” program, it said. This strategy is aimed at collectively reducing the company’s carbon footprint through recycling and energy efficiency while encouraging employee involvement and continuous improvement.

The company also said it engages in pollution prevention efforts by focusing on strict handling and containment procedures to prevent chemical spills or releases. Moreover, it reduces the environmental impacts associated with extensive long-haul shipping through strategically placed warehouse facilities that allow next-day delivery service to 65 percent of North America’s industrial manufacturers, it added.

“We applaud Maroon Group for their commitment to conservation, energy efficiency, and pollution control,” said Eric R. Byer, president and CEO of NACD.

“As we celebrate the 25th anniversary of Responsible Distribution, we are delighted to see distributors like Maroon Group achieving economic success while making positive strides in reducing their environmental impact.”

About Maroon Group LLC

According to its website, Maroon Group, established in 1977, is one of the fastest growing specialty chemical distributors in North America and supplies specialty additives, resins, pigments, and packaging to North American manufacturers. Its portfolio of companies includes Addipel, CNX Distribution, DB Becker and Polyram USA. Maroon supplies specialty additives, resins, pigments and packaging to more than nine hundred manufacturers in varied industries, including: paint and coatings, plastics, graphic arts, sealants and adhesives, specialty chemical compounders, rubber, and construction.


Tagged categories: Additives; Awards and honors; Energy efficiency; Environmental Protection; Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); Maroon Group; North America; Pigments; Program/Project Management; Resins

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