/images/TDUpdate2.gif/images/southwire_100x70.jpgSouthwire Helps Customers Cut Waste, Go Green - 2008SWHelpsCustomersCutWastGoGreen.htmSouthwire is committed to helping its customers go green and reduce environmental waste with Southwire products. Our dedication to reducing - and ultimately eliminating - waste shows up in both our products and manufacturing processes.
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Southwire Helps Customers Cut Waste, Go Green - 2008

Southwire products and manufacturing processes help reduce environmental impact.

Southwire is committed to helping its customers go green and reduce environmental waste with Southwire products. Our dedication to reducing - and ultimately eliminating - waste shows up in both our products and manufacturing processes.

Enviro-Coils™ Help Reduce Waste

One way Southwire is helping its customers to reduce waste is with Enviro-Coils reel-less packaging. For many customers, we no longer ship cable on large wooden reels. Instead, large wire coils are placed on metal-framed carriers or reusable plastic reels. By using Enviro-Coils, we help customers meet their sustainability goals.

By eliminating the use of wood reels, Southwire and its Enviro-Coils customers are saving trees. Additional studies show a savings in freight and fuel when heavy reels are removed from the process. In addition, scrap is reduced at the customer’s location, further saving aluminum, plastic and wood.

Sustainability Technical Reviews

As another aspect of Southwire’s environmental commitment, our Carrollton, Georgia Utility Products Plant recently underwent a technical review sponsored by Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E). The review was conducted by the Green Suppliers Network (GSN), which provides technical reviews to help companies become more sustainable.

"We were honored to be one of five top-tier suppliers that PG&E chose to participate in the GSN technical review," says Emory Barber, manager of the Utility Products Plant.

During the review, the GSN team analyzed Southwire’s most generic product and tracked its movement through each manufacturing process, looking for ways to reduce waste.

"The primary objective of the three-day project was to identify opportunities for reductions in waste, energy, material and inventories by creating a value stream map of our process," Barber says. GSN’s final report showed that Southwire continues to be a good steward of resources.

Our focus on cutting waste at the Carrollton plant reduces the impact that customers’ purchases have on the environment. "By participating in the GSN technical review, we have made it even clearer that we are dedicated to reducing waste and improving the environment," says Barber.