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Gentex Optics, Dudley

Gentex Optics served as the host of an Environmental Management System (EMS) workgroup that helped the following Massachusetts companies implement an EMS: Callahan Company, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Webco Chemical Corporation, and GEM Gravure Co. Gentex is improving their system to meet the new Toxics Use Reduction Act EMS criteria.

Environmental innovation was first evident in 1996 when Gentex eliminated the use of Freon in their lens cleaning operation. Volatile Organic Compound emissions from this process were reduced by up to 90 percent through installation of bio-filtration. The Company has reduced water use by 4.5 million gallons per year or 34%, and this year, energy conservation efforts will achieve an impressive 2.2 million kWh per year reduction! The employee driven Turn-It-OFF energy campaign resulted in employee awareness, pledges, and energy saving ideas for the manufacturing facility.