Safelite® Glass Corp. Wins 2013 Manufacturing Leadership 100 Award in Sustainability Category


ENFIELD, N.C. – March 15, 2013 - The nation's largest exclusively domestic producer of windshields for the vehicle glass replacement market, Safelite® Glass Corp., was honored for its sustainability efforts with a 2013 Manufacturing Leadership 100 (ML100) Award, sponsored by Frost & Sullivan's Manufacturing Leadership Council.

According to Frost & Sullivan's Manufacturing Leadership Council, ML100 Award recipients have distinguished themselves by embracing breakthrough innovation and enabling their companies to anticipate and respond to customers with unmatched agility.

Safelite® Glass Corp.’s environmental-friendly efforts include recycling more than 5,000 tons of glass out of the manufacturing plant alone each year and a unique national windshield recycling program with parent company Safelite® Group, which expects to result in saving an additional 15,000 to 20,000 tons of material going to landfills every year.

Other efforts include smarter packaging. Safelite® moves vehicle glass packaged on pallets and separated by pads. Efforts to improve both have been made. Once wood pallets can no longer be re-used, they are broken down and chipped for mulch rather than going to a land full. The nails in the pallets are captured during the chipping process and sold as a low-end recycled metal. In 2012, Safelite® began transitioning to re-usable steel pallets as an alternative. Also, in an effort to eliminate environmental issues associated with Styrofoam cling strips and separator pads, Safelite® recently changed to cross-linked polyethylene (XLPE) separator pads, which can complete 130 trips as compared to Styrofoam’s one trip.

“Safelite® recognizes that our activities inevitably have an impact upon the environment, both locally and globally. We believe that reducing our environmental footprint is not only vital to the continued success and quality of our business and the service we provide, but that we also have a social responsibility to care for and protect the environment for our generations and those of the future,” said Dino Lanno, Safelite’s senior vice president of supply chain and manufacturing.

About the ML100 Award

The 9th Annual ML100 Award is designed to recognize companies shaping the future of global manufacturing and winners hail from the United States, Canada, China, Germany, India, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, and Switzerland.

Nominees were evaluated by a panel of expert judges, including Steve Huffman, government relations chairman, Automation Federation; Sath Rao, vice president, research, Industrial Automation and Process Control, Frost & Sullivan; Raghavendra Rao, vice president, Manufacturing and Process Consulting, Frost & Sullivan; Art Robbins, president, Frost & Sullivan, North America Operations; Morris Lenczicki, vice president, Industrial Systems Applications, L'Oreal USA Inc.; Maureen Steinwall, president, Steinwall Inc.; Alton Sanders, program manager, Boeing; Jim Davis, vice provost of IT, UCLA; Val Zanchuk, president, Graphicast; Joe Parambo, information Officer, Casting, Engine, Transmission, and Components Operations, General Motors; Terry Burleson, vice president, Energy Services, Nalco; John Gercak, vice president of Information Technology, Eaton Corporation; Brad Heath, CEO, VirTex Assembly Services; Anthony Chirchirillo, CEO, Chirch Global Manufacturing; and David R. Brousell, global vice president and editorial director, Manufacturing Leadership Council.

Read the of 2013 ML100 award winners.

About Safelite® Glass Corp.

The nation's largest exclusively domestic producer of windshields for the vehicle glass replacement market, Safelite® Glass Corp. has a manufacturing facility in Enfield, N.C. as well as two distribution centers located in Ontario, Calif. and Braselton, Ga. The manufacturing facility serves all of the Safelite® Group retail units and the customers of Safelite Group's wholesale operations, Service AutoGlass®. The Safelite® Glass Corp. manufacturing and distribution facilities are ISO-9001 certified.

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