Iron casting supplier Waupaca Foundry leading environmental charge
Waupaca Foundry is taking the lead in ensuring a sustainable future through our sustainability initiatives in energy conservation, water reduction, air pollution control, and sand reuse/recycling.
Local Scout Scouts Out Landfill as Perfect Spot for Owl Nesting
Dan Esch of Waupaca Boy Scout Troop 634 has an affinity for Northern Saw-whet owls, which have an affinity for very particular habitats—they like dense conifer groves with good sight lines and access to water.
Green Means Lean
Foundries have been making new metal objects from remelting old ones for centuries, making metal casters some of the worlds first recycles. Old and discarded products such as electronic appliances, manhole covers, tin cans, cars and shopping trolleys are not seen as rubbish by foundries, but as raw materials. Today foundries in many countries convert this unwanted scrap metal and recycle it into valuable products such as engine blocks, golf clubs, aluminum wheels and a cornucopia of other essential products.
Brighter Energy Future For Etowah Foundry
Waupaca Foundry received a $400,000 incentive from Etowah Utilities for an energy conservation program managed by Tennessee Valley Authority. The ductile iron foundry in Etowah, Tennessee replaced 75% of lighting fixtures with energy-saving LED fixtures making it the largest lighting upgrade for the foundry.
Waupaca Foundry gets $400,000 in energy incentives | Times Free Press
ETOWAH, Tenn. -- Four years after Waupaca Foundry Inc., reopened its automotive castings plant here, the 560 employees who stamp out thousands of automotive parts every day are operating quite literally in a brighter environment. Over the past four months, 1,016 metal halide and T12 light fixtures were replaced with brighter, and more energy-efficient LED lights. The changeover cost more than $750,000. But the new lights are projected to yield an annual energy savings of more than 4.6 million kilowatthours worth $232,385 a year.
Fine-tuning the foundry
Insight On Manufacturing--When a foundry melts more than 8,500 tons of scrap iron each day, it uses a huge amount of energy. Need a visual? That’s more than the metal in the Eiffel Tower, which weighs 7,300 tons. That’s why Waupaca Foundry has long realized the importance of saving energy. It not only helps the environment, it has a direct impact on the bottom line. Waupaca Foundry's energy enhancements earned a DOE commendation.
Getting to the Bottom of Landfills
Waupaca Foundry teamed up with TRC Engineering Services to test the hypothesis that foundry sand by-product could do the job of native clay in various aspects of landfill construction. If they were right, it would mean that the by-product could be used beyond its traditional role as a geotechnical fill.