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Elevator Technology, 2015-06-15, 03:00 PM

ThyssenKrupp Elevator Wins 2015 Tennessee Governor's Environmental Stewardship Award

The company's U.S. elevator factory recognized for their environmental stewardship practices

ALPHARETTA, GEORGIA (June 15, 2015) - ThyssenKrupp Elevator’s Middleton, Tennessee, elevator factory has received a 2015 Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Award (GESAs) from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. The GESAs recognize exceptional voluntary actions that improve or protect the environment and natural resources with projects or initiatives not required by law or regulation.

ThyssenKrupp Elevator received a Pursuit of Excellence Award for the effort it made to become the only elevator factory in the world to receive LEED for Existing Building: Operations and Maintenance Gold Certification earlier this year.

To attain the certification, the almost 50-year old factory made upgrades to the HVAC system as well as lighting improvements which saved 3,317,684 kilowatt hours of electricity per year -- enough to power all the homes in Middleton all year long. In addition, the facility increased the amount of outside air to ventilate the space by ~216,000,000 cubic feet per day. Plus, it integrated efficient bathroom fixtures and native plants which eliminated outdoor irrigation and will also save 620,000 gallons of water annually. Ninety-seven percent of all waste generated at the facility is now diverted from landfills.

“Today’s award winners have demonstrated a commitment to our environment that will pay dividends for current Tennessee residents and generations to come,” Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said. “We want to thank all of the nominees for playing an important role in the continued health of Tennessee’s air, land and water.”

“We have proactively taken the necessary steps to make upgrades that use less energy and water, reduce our emissions and create a healthier working environment for our employees ” said Rich Hussey, president and CEO of ThyssenKrupp Elevator Americas. “We strive to create a culture that fosters greener solutions for every aspect of our business, from daily operations to the materials we use in our products. Our efforts in Middleton are the right kind of actions we can take for a better world for tomorrow.”

“The quality of our environment directly impacts our quality of life, impacting how Tennesseans live, work and play,” added Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner, Bob Martineau. “It's important that we pause to recognize the people and organizations that work so hard to protect our environment while teaching others about sustainability.”

ThyssenKrupp Elevator achieved a Governor’s Award for Environmental Stewardship in 2011 for the Salvagnini project which reduced waste by automating the manufacturing process. In 2014, the company was recognized by the Department of Energy's Better Building Better Plants program for reducing manufacturing energy use by 38 percent in three years.

Now in its 29th year, the GESAs cover nine categories: Building Green; Clean Air, Energy and Renewable Resources; Environmental Education and Outreach; Environmental Education and Outreach (school category); Land Use; Materials Management; Natural Heritage; and Sustainable. ThyssenKrupp Elevator’s award recognizes past award winners who continue to demonstrate a high regard for environmental stewardship practice. An awards ceremony will be held in Nashville, Tenn. on June 23.

About ThyssenKrupp

ThyssenKrupp Elevator Americas is the largest producer of elevators in the Americas, with more than 15,500 employees, in more than 230 branch and service locations. ThyssenKrupp Elevator Americas oversees all business for the operations in the United States, Canada, Central and South America. It is a subsidiary of ThyssenKrupp Elevator AG.

ThyssenKrupp, a global technology and materials group headquartered in Essen, Germany, employs around 155,000 people in just under 80 countries. In the fiscal year 2013/2014, ThyssenKrupp generated sales of more than €9 billion (approximately $11.4 billion) in North America and employed more than 20,500 people. In North America, ThyssenKrupp oversees more than 40 companies in the United States, Canada and México; its companies offer a range of products including: premium carbon steel, high-performance alloys, automotive components, elevators, escalators, material trading, handling and logistics, plant construction and industrial services.

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